21M.250 | Spring 2014 | Undergraduate

Beethoven to Mahler



[Taruskin 17th/18th] = Taruskin, Richard. Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: The Oxford History of Western Music. Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780199842155.

[Taruskin] = Taruskin, Richard. Music in the Nineteenth Century: The Oxford History of Western Music. Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780195384833.

Week I: Introduction and Beethoven

[Taruskin 17th/18th] pp. 641–739.

Beethoven, Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 3, First and last movements only [Taruskin 17th/18th] pp. 696–701.

Beethoven, Piano Sonata Op. 13 [Taruskin 17th/18th] pp. 726–35.


Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, movement I [Taruskin 17th/18th] pp. 655–70.

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, complete [Taruskin 17th/18th] pp. 706–20.

Beethoven, Piano Sonata Op. 111, complete [Taruskin 17th/18th] pp. 726–35.

Week II: Beethoven and Rossini; Bellini; Field; Schubert

[Taruskin] pp. 1–118.

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, movement IV.

Solomon, Late Beethoven, Chapter 11 [Taruskin 17th/18th] pp. 675–82.

Beethoven, Fidelio, Act I, Quartet [Taruskin] pp. 1–7.

Rossini, Barber of Seville, Overture [Taruskin] pp. 7–27.


Bellini, Norma, “Casta diva” [Taruskin] pp. 35–46.

Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, Act II finale [Taruskin] pp. 46–59.

Field, Nocturne [Taruskin] pp. 69–79.

Schubert, Impromptu in E flat, Op. 90, No. 2.

Schubert, “Great” C major Symphony, movement I.

Schubert, String Quartet in G, movement IV.

Schubert, Sonata in Bb, D. 960, movement I [Taruskin] pp. 79–118.

Week III: Lieder; Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn; Weber

[Taruskin] pp. 119–86.

Heiden röslein, Reichardt and Schubert settings.

Erlkönig, Reichardt and Schubert settings.

An die ferne Geliebte, Beethoven.

Gretchen am Spinnrade, Schubert.

Dopplegänger, Schubert [Taruskin] pp. 119–63.

Mendelssohn, Paulus, Nos. 2, 16, 36 [Taruskin] pp. 163–79.


Mendelssohn, Octet, IV.

Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Fanny Mendelssohn, Ferne, Op. 9, No. 9.

Fanny Mendelssohn, Verlust, Op. 9, No. 10 [Taruskin] pp. 179–86.

Weber, Der Freischütz, Wolf Glen scene [Taruskin] pp. 187–205.

Week IV: Meyerbeer; Paganini; Liszt

[Taruskin] pp. 205–88.

Concert: Beethoven Violin Sonatas performed by Susanna Ogata & Ian Watson.


Meyerbeer, Les Huguenots [Taruskin] pp. 205–32.

Paganini, Caprice Op. 1, No. 24 [Taruskin] pp. 251–61.

Liszt, Paganini Etudes.

Liszt, Réminiscenes de Don Juan, “duetto.”

Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1, movement I [Taruskin] pp. 261–88.

Week V: Schumann; Berlioz; Chopin

[Taruskin] pp. 289–376.

R. Schumann, Dichterliebe Nos. 1, 2, 7, 8, 12, 16.

R. Schumann, Phantasiestücke, Op. 12, No. 3 [Taruskin] pp. 289–318.

Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique [Taruskin] pp. 318–41.


Chopin, Preludes, complete [Taruskin] pp. 343–67.

Chopin, Ballade No. 1 in G minor [Taruskin] pp. 367–76.

Week VI: Gottschalk; Liszt; Balakirev

[Taruskin] pp. 377–478.

Gottschalk, Souvenier de Puerto Rico.

Gottschalk, Banjo [Taruskin] pp. 377–86.

Liszt, Sonata in B minor [Taruskin] pp. 411–42.


Balakirev, Overture on Russian Themes [Taruskin] pp. 467–78.

Week VII: Wagner and Verdi

[Taruskin] pp. 479–539.

Wagner, Götterdammerung [Taruskin] pp. 479–539.

Week VIII: Wagner and Verdi (cont.)

[Taruskin pp. 539–615.

Wagner, Trisan und Isolde [Taruskin] pp. 539–62.


Verdi, La traviata, beginning of Act I

Verdi, Rigoletto, quartet [Taruskin] pp. 563–615.

Week IX: Musorgsky; Tchaikovsky; Bizet; Puccini

[Taruskin] pp. 617–74.

Musorgsky, Boris Godunov, Coronation scene [Taruskin] pp. 617–74.

Chaikovsky, Eugene Onegin [Taruskin] pp. 639–43.


Bizet, Carmen, Act I [Taruskin] pp. 643–51.

Puccini, Madame Butterfly, [Taruskin] pp. 664–74.

Week X: Brahms

[Taruskin] pp. 675–786.

Brahms, Piano Concerto in D, Op. 15, movement I

Brahms, Symphony No. 1, movements I, II and IV.

Brahms, Requiem, movement I.

Brahms, String Quartet No. 1, movements I and IV [Taruskin] pp. 643–51.

Week XI: Symphony

Bruckner, Symphony No. 7, movement II [Taruskin] pp. 745–51.

Dvorák, New World Symphony, movement II [Taruskin] pp. 751–66.

Beach, Gaelic Symphony, movement IV [Taruskin] pp. 766–73.


Franck, Symphony in D minor, movement I [Taruskin] pp. 774–83.

Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3 [Taruskin] pp. 783–6.

Week XII: The Symphony; Mahler

[Taruskin] pp. 786–824.

Borodin, Symphony No. 1, movement III [Taruskin] pp. 786–9.

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, movement I [Taruskin] pp. 789–801.

Mahler, Symphony No. 5, movement IV.

Mahler, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” from Fünf Rückertlieder.

Helpful but not Required

Taruskin, Richard. Music in the Early Twentieth Century: The Oxford History of Western Music. Vol. 3. Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 1–23, 59–83, 97–129, and 599–601. ISBN: 9780195384840. [Preview with Google Books]

21 Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde.

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