Fall 2018


Schubert (55+)

Franz Schubert (1797–1828) was one of the most prolific and versatile composers of his generation. Despite the brevity of his life, he created enduring masterworks in all musical genres, including theatrical, choral, orchestral, chamber, piano and vocal music.

We will sample some of the highlights of Schubert’s remarkably productive career, including excerpts from his greatest operas, masses, symphonies, quartets, sonatas and songs.

Note: This course is available on Mondays (starting September) and Thursdays (starting October).

Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.

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What will I learn?

Week 1: Toward a German Opera

Like his contemporaries Carl Maria von Weber and Heinrich Marschner, Schubert cherished a desire to write a successful German opera. His most intriguing essays in the genre include Alfonso und Estrella and Fierabras.

Week 2: Masses

Schubert's masses are still unknown to many listeners, even though they contain some of his most glorious music. A few passages from the late masses in A-flat and E-flat demonstrate the riches to be found in these works.

Week 3: Unfinished and Great Symphonies

Among his most ambitious instrumental compositions, Schubert's B minor and C major symphonies are staples of the international orchestral repertory.

Week 4: Trout and Trio

Schubert's chamber music includes the popular Trout Quintet and Octet, as well as the late piano trios and String Quintet. We explore a representative sample of these works.

Week 5: Musical Moments

From relatively short works, entitled Moments Musicaux, to the imposing Wanderer Fantasy and late sonatas, Schubert's piano music encompasses a wide range of moods and styles.

Week 6: Songs and Song Cycles

From early gems like Gretchen am Spinnrade and Erlkonig to the epic cycle Winterreise, German art songs span Schubert's entire career. We discuss a few of his more than 600 lieder.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.

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