MUSC 227 - History of Music in Western Civilization Since 1750
Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll classical music? In this class, we will examine Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Strangely enough, Berlioz wrote this symphony in 1830 to tell a story about a lovesick artist who eventually overdoses on opium. After we examine the history and sound of the Symphonie Fantastique, still widely performed by symphony orchestras across the world, we will consider how this piece complicates the popular notion of classical music as "high art."
Monday, November 2 at 4:00pm