THE COURSE UNITS ARE LISTED BELOW
The Normandy American Cemetery
The visit to the American Cemetery is a moment for us to reflect on how music has been a part of our past through our own military tradition, as well as the conflicts during the two world wars. Learn about the roots of the military band movement, including the United States Marine Band, established in 1798 by an act of congress.
The Notre-Dame School. The birth of polyphony can be traced to the other-worldly sounding music of Leonin, Perotin, and their contemporaries between 1160-1250, creating an entirely new kind of music that was the birth of harmony as we now understand it in the western tradition. Imagine these artists, toiling away creating an entirely new sound, all the while Notre Dame was constructed around them.
Montreux Jazz Festival. The amazing history of one of the premier music festivals in the world. While it initially was a pure jazz festival, over the years it has broadened to include blues, soul, and rock artists, including a who’s who of amazing artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Prince, and more. Discover this amazing place that has been the site of so many incredible concerts.
The Viennese School. When people think of classical music, this brief period at the end of the 18th century in Austria defines our understanding, led by the big three of their time, Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart, and Ludwig Beethoven. Our travels will take us to the birthplace of Mozart. We will cover this incredible music that set Europe on fire.
Concentration Camp Music. Our musical journey ends with one of our final destination points, visiting the Dachau Concentration Camp. So much attention is often focused on the horrors of these terrible places, but lesser known is how camp inmates found ways to create of culture of musical performance that demonstrates even in the most repressive conditions, the human spirit can find ways to transcend and find truth and beauty.