In this course the student will explore the meaning of instrumental music that is termed program, rather than absolute music, and uncover the divergent possibilities of creating extramusical images in music. After examining its incipient stages in the Renaissance through the Classical period, the main focus of the course will be to chart its development in the 19th century, the time period where it flourished. Near the end of the course the principles of program music will be continued beyond the 19th century.
MHIS-201, MHIS-202, MHIS-203, or MHIS-252
All B.M. and P.D. students