The Music and Times of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven
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This class will study the life and times of three of the greatest composers of the western world: Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. We will begin by looking at the cultural history of the Renaissance through the Romantic periods (1500-1900) and discover how these composers captured the values of these periods in their music. To communicate with each composer, it is essential to understand the times he lived in, his personality, and his unique genius in using the elements of music. We will augment the course with examples of paintings of the periods as we discover the essence of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.
Optional Reading: How to Listen to Great Music by Robert Greenberg. Plume, 2011. ISBN: 978045229708
Mark Aamot directed the choral program at Carroll University for 27 years. He served as chairman of the music department for 10 of those years. He also taught courses preparing teachers. One of his favorite courses was called “Music and Ideas in Western Culture.” He has travelled over 30 times to Europe leading his college choir, community choirs and alumni groups to the great cultural centers of Europe. Aamot received his BA in music education from St. Olaf College and his doctorate from Arizona State University. He started the Waukesha Choral Union and the Jubilate Chorale and has conducted many of the masterworks of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Since his retirement in 2001 Aamot has led several European trips overseas.