Cover art for Elements of Music (Beethoven) as part of the Music Humanities syllabus

Elements of Music

The first few classes focus on modes of listening, properties of sound, and on rhythm, melody, harmony, and tone color (timbre). These works offer specific ways to hear musical elements expressively:

The class studies:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 7, ii: Allegretto 
  • Franz Schubert, “Death and the Maiden.” 
  • Felix Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Claude Debussy, Preludes, Book I, no. 6: Des pas sur la neige

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