George S Bozarth
Selected choral masterpieces. Mendelssohn through Schoenberg.
The Choral Music of Johannes Brahms.
Though best known now as a composer of symphonies, chamber and piano music, and art song, Brahms was also a prolific composer of choral music, both sacred and secular. His earliest extant choral works date from his teens. During his twenties he studied Renaissance and Baroque counterpoint and produced a series of historicist choral works that meld old styles and new. Before he completed his First Symphony, he had already composed such choral-orchestral works as the Alto Rhapsody, the Song of Destiny, and A German Requiem. This course will survey Brahms's choral compositions, large and small, with a special focus on the relationships between poetry and music that Brahms created in these masterpieces.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Illustrated class lectures, readings, listening, several short written projects
Class assignments and grading