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This course covers aspects of world music before the Middle Ages as it influenced later Western art music and then concentrates on the history of art music in the Western world up to the end of the Classical Period (approximately 1800). The emphasis will be on the development of the music literature, composers, how they were influenced, and who they, in turn, influenced. The place of music as a part of the active society will be discussed. Knowledge and understanding of the standard repertoire from this period will be stressed. Knowledge of music fundamentals and structure are recommended for this course. Prerequisite: MUS 100, MUS 101, or MUS 105.