History 9 - Baroque to Modernity


Instructor - Andrew James Clark -


This survey course introduces students to western art music and provides the vocabulary needed to discuss musical styles and topics. Students will learn to summarize stylistic traits of various historical eras, observe how composers interacted with society, and discover the overarching musical patterns and developments which have lead us to now. A substantial amount of new terminology and their definitions must be committed to memory. 


ANTONIO VIVALDI  (1678 - 1741)
Italian Composer and Violinist
Master of Violin at the Devout Hospital of Mercy Orphanage

Accomplishments: Wrote 400 Concertos (and some opera)

German Composer and Organist
Cantor of St.Thomas and Director of the Collegium Musicum

Accomplishments: The Founder of Western Art Music

German  British Composer
Composer of the Chapel Royale

Accomplishments: The first Celebrity Composer

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN  (1732 - 1809)
Austrian Composer
Esterhazy Family Kapellmeister

Father of the Symphony and the String Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770 - 1827)
German Composer
The Hero Artist of Western Civilization

Integrated Shakespearian Character Development with Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756 - 1791)
Austrian Composer
Imperial Court Chamber Music Composer

Advanced all Elements of the Classical Style

Franz Schubert "The Mushroom"  (1797 - 1828)
Viennes Composer

Wrote over 1000 separate works including 600 Leider

Frederic Chopin  (1810 - 1849)
Polish Composer
A Piano Teacher

Inventor of the Modern Piano Style

Hector Berlioz " (1803 - 1869)
French Composer
Recipient of the Legion d'honneur 

Prolific writer, composer and master of orchestration

Georges Bizet  (1838 - 1875)
French Composer
A Sad and Ignored Composer

Wrote one of the most Popular Operas Ever

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
French Composer
Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur 

The Founder of Modern Art Music

Igor Stravinsky  (1882 - 1971)
Russian Composer
20th Century Celebrity Composer

Featured in Time Magazine's Most Influential People!