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MUS 2109:
History, Literature and Analysis of Romantic Music
The course examines both the general and specific characteristics of Western Romantic Music;
the major instrumental and vocal forms; the main composers and the analysis of the major
representative works of the period. Students will examine musical genre in order to develop an
understanding of the musical style of 19th Century music, and will explore these stylistic
concepts through listening, score study, and investigating published sources.
1. To develop an understanding of the historical context of the Romatic Era
2. To be able to discuss the musical genres and musical style of the Romantic Era
3. To be able to identify and recognize important masterworks of the Romantic Era, their
composers, and their stylistic idioms
Course Outline
Topic 1:
Characteristics of the Romantic Period and its influence to the Music
• Emergence of the Dramatic in the Sonata and Symphony
• Links to the Baroque and Empfindsamkeit
Topic 2:
The Romantic Music
• Form and Romanticism
• New Genre: Character Pieces (piano) and Cyclical Work
 Vocal Music
 Opera
 Oratorio
 Song
 Choral
• Instrumental Music
• Sonatas
• Chamber Music
• Symphonies
• Tone Poems
Topic 3:
Romantic Era and Musical Style
• Nationalism
• Programmatic Music
• Literature and Philosophy
• Musical Language (Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Sound)
Topic 4:
Outstanding Neo-classicists Composers and Their Music
• Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
• Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Topic 5:
Outstanding Composers from Germany and Their Music
• Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
• Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
• Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
• Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
Topic 6:
Outstanding Composers from France and Their Music
• Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
• Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
• Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Topic 7:
Outstanding Composers from Italy and Their Music from
• Gioacchino Rossini (1791-1868)
• Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
• Giacomo Puccini (1858-1824)
Topic 8:
Outstanding Composer from the Scandinavian and His Music
• Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907)
Topic 9:
Outstanding Composer from Eastern Europe and His Music
• Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Topic 10:
Outstanding Composer from Russia and His Music
• Pyotr Ilyich (Chaikovsky) Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Topic 11:
Outstanding Cosmopolitan Composers and Their Music
• Ferenc (Franz) Liszt (1811-1886)
• Fryderyk(Frédéric) Chopin (1810-1849)
Topic 12:
Outstanding Post Romantics Composers and Their Music
• Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
• Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
• Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Learning Outcomes
1. Analytical appreciation of music of the Romantic Period
2. Developed comparative understanding of the styles, trends, and achievements of each of
the Romantic Period
3. Ability to identify the most important composers of Romantic period and explain their
contributions and analyze their music
Methods of Teaching/Delivery
Lectures, listening and watching (audio and video recordings), assigned readings, and class
discussions and presentations
Modes of Assessment
Course Work:
• Attendance and Participation in class Discussions: 5%
• Individual Oral Presentation: 10%
• Written Assignment: 15%
Final Examination
Written: 70%
Selected Readings
1. Bent, Ian. Ed. 1994. Music Analysis in the Nineteenth Century: Volume 1, Fugue, Form
and Style. Cambridge: Cambridge University.
2. Koek, D. J. 2007. Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000.
New York: The Scarecrow Press.
3. Plantiga, Leon. 1985. Anthology of Romantic Music (The Norton Introduction to Music
History). New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company.