First Nights - Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century

Online Course

edX
First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century

What is the course about?

First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century
The course First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century is an online class provided by Harvard University through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Learn about Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, an iconic Romantic symphony that ushered in an era of narrative “program music.”
Course description
Six years after the premiere of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, composer Hector Berlioz sought to make use of the symphonic genre, but on his own terms. Indeed, he wrote not only a five-movement symphony, but also a narrative program to accompany and explain the symphony. This music course introduces students to the music and programmatic elements of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, illuminating a new direction for nineteenth-century music. The course’s grand finale is a live performance of the entire symphony by the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. Harvard’s Thomas Forrest Kelly (Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music) guides learners through Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique,, highlighting Berlioz’s compostional process, his innovative orchestration, and the reception of his controversial piece of narrative instrumental music. You will learn the basics of Romantic musical style, Berlioz’s creative expansion of the standard orchestra, and the debates surrounding the idea of purely musical narrative in the 19th century.Additional First Nights Modules:Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of OperaHandel’s Messiah and Baroque OratorioBeethoven’s “Ninth Symphony”Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th CenturyIgor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots

Prerequisites & Facts

First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century

Course Topic

Art and Culture, Humanities, Music

University, College, Institution

Harvard University

Course Skill Level

Introductory

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / Harvard University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
Harvard University
First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century
provided by edX

Reviews

Share your experience

First Nights – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century
Harvard University edX
Rate the course

Do you recommend the course? *
Here you can find information, reviews and user experiences for the course “First Nights - Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century“. The provider of the course – “Harvard University” – will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the class, click here to use the offical support channels. It would be great if you could share your experience of participating in the course – Your honest review will surely help others to choose the right class!
School: Harvard University
Topic: Art and Culture, Humanities, Music
Getting Digital