OVERALL LEARNING GOALS for SYMPHONIC LITERATURE The intention of this 300-level course (MUS 343) is to orient the undergraduate DePauw University music major (BM, BME, BMA) to an historical survey of music for orchestra-- from the vocal and instrumental influences of the 16th century through the dominant orchestral techniques of the 21st century. OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES for SYMPHONIC LITERATURE The course of study, which provides action-oriented and measurable objectives, will include the following: virtual classroom discussion of required reading from the text, listening to the required works on the listening list while viewing the written score, then, keeping a journal of those observations made to discuss in class. Through the semester, the students will also assemble a physical timeline (style of student’s choice) of important technical, cultural and regional developments, perhaps, leveraging technology to create this physical timeline in unique ways. These timelines are checked periodically, as noted in the syllabus, and graded at end of semester. Students will also write three narrative/analytical papers, which would include organized descriptions of thematic material used, significant observations of major key areas and harmonic language, and discussion of hypothetical reasoning of the composer’s intentions. The three narrative paper projects are Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 1 (First Movement), Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3 (First Movement) and a choice of Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 (First Movement) or Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 (First Movement).
Smith, Orcenith, "MUS 343 Symphonic Literature Smith Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 112, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.