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Overzicht Westerse Muziekgeschiedenis



It took composer Johannes Brahms many years to complete his first symphony. Every time when Brahms was composing music, he felt the weight of the ‘big giant’ behind him. With this big giant Brahms meant the composer Ludwig van Beethoven and his Ninth Symphony. This Ninth Symphony has been of great importance to several nineteenh-century composers. Beethoven himself was influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach, while the compositions of Brahms formed a source of inspiration for Arnold Schönberg.
These lectures will give an overview of western music. The influence of composers Bach, Haydn, Mozart en Beethoven on the development of music history will be closely examined. The teacher will furthermore deal with the development of chamber music, opera and the symphony. A variety of musical styles which have come to blossom in the twentieth century will be discussed, as well as some of the history of jazz and film music.


2018-2019, full academic year.

Fridays from 10.15 - 11.30 hrs.

(please note: an alternate group is offered the same course in the afternoon, if you wish to join the afternoon group, please contact

The first meeting is on Friday 14th September 2018.
The last meeting is on Friday 28th June 2019.

No meeting on:
Friday 26th October 2018,
Friday 28th December 2018,
Friday 4th January 2019,
Friday 1st March 2019,
Friday 12th April 2019,
Friday 19th April 2019.

This class takes place in the 'Collegezaal' of the Royal Conservatoire, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag.

Mode of Instruction


Assesment Method

Written paper


Donald J. Grout & Claude V. Palisca, A History of Western Music (Edition of choice)


Inschrijven graag via uSis (Universiteit Leiden) én via Osiris (Koninklijk Conservatorium):
inschrijven uSis.
inschrijven Osiris.


Rogier Schneemann
Peter Lurvink

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