History of Music in the European Tradition: Iconic Works

CM-211 or CM-251, and LENG-111
Electable by: 
Required of: 
All degree students except COMP and MUED majors; and CWPR and FILM major diploma students not taking MHIS-201 or MHIS-203
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Boston Campus
Courses may not be offered at the listed location(s) each semester. Consult my.berklee.edu for specific term availability.

In this course, students will explore the art music of Europe and the United States. The course will address such important trends as the evolution of counterpoint, the birth of opera, and the emergence of post-tonal compositional practices, using a selection of repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of how the polystylistic music of the twenty-first century has evolved from past practices. Additionally, students will develop a greater understanding of how other cultural forces have shaped musical practice in the West. This course explores the history of Western classical music through the lens of several composers and their works.

Course chair: 
Mike Mason