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MUSC 120: Music History Post-1700

This course is an introduction to the history of music from the Baroque period to the present. The course begins with a short survey of the basics of musical notation and terminology, and then covers the development of musical genres and styles, such as opera and the symphony, focusing on specific composers and representative pieces of music, while also considering religious, political and social settings. In addition to the Western art musical tradition, the course covers jazz, blues, popular music, film soundtracks, and music from around the world, such as Brazilian samba and Javanese gamelan. Musical background is not required.