Syllabus: Musical Rivalries
Mondays, 3–5 PM
- What do people get worked up about? Why?
- Conservative vs. progressive
- Virtuosity vs. expressivity
Week 1: January 14 – Monteverdi vs. Artusi (Venice, 1600–1605)
NB: No class January 21
Week 2: January 28 – Handel vs. Scarlatti (Rome, 1709)
Week 3: February 4 – Bach vs. Marchand (Dresden, 1717)
NB: This class meeting will take place in Lindsay Chapel at First Church Congregational, Cambridge. The church is located at 11 Garden Street; the entrance to the Chapel is on Mason St.
As you listen to these pieces, consider that Bach greatly admired the music of both Marchand and Couperin. How are Bach’s works for harpsichord and organ both modeled on pieces from the French keyboard school? How do they expand beyond their models?
Week 4: February 11 – Mozart vs. Clementi (Vienna, 1781)
NB: No class February 18
Week 5: February 25 – Liszt vs. Chopin (Paris, 1830s)
Chopin, Concert Etude Op. 25 no. 12 “Ocean”
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 17 no. 4
Chopin, Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posth.
Liszt, Concert Etude No. 3 “Un Sospiro”
Liszt, Consolation No. 3
Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
Week 6: March 4 – Wagner vs. Brahms (Leipzig vs. Weimar, 1850–1895)
Some thoughts on the “Romantic”
Pure Instrumental Music (?)
Narrative/Dramatic Music (?)