September 2, 1997

Get acquainted, organizational matters: how will the course be run, grading, assignment, quizzes, final. Web access, WebBoard, etc. Office hours.

Recapitulation. What are we studying, what do we know already. Identifying the time period. Placing the tonal system in the context of Western music history (roughly 1600 - 1920).

Aesthetic trends during this time period and how do they reflect in the choice of musical tools by composers.

Relationship between music, science, philosophical and social attitudes.

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