First Viennese School
First Viennese School—referring to the 18th-century classical music composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven—will delve into the cultural history of their time, along with biographical and compositional study. Backing into this time period with a quick look at late-Baroque and early-classical composers, we will discover how the classical style evolved, followed by an in-depth study of the three great composers, their influence on one another, and a comparative study of their work. The course will include listening, reading, score analysis, and discussion. An ability to read music and some experience in music theory is necessary. This is one of the music history component courses required for all Advanced Theory students.