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    Block 4: Germany: MU397: In the Footsteps of Bach

    Course Description: The class will convene for a week-long study at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Northern Germany. Lüneburg, is an important milestone for the young 13-15 year-old Bach who served as a choir-boy at the St. Michael Church in that small city. During this week we will study Bach’s music in historical and theoretical/compositional perspectives. After the Lüneburg week, the class will travel to other cities where Bach lived and worked, including Eisenach — his birth place — Weimar, Arnstadt, Köthen and Leipzig where he had his last job. In each of these locations we will focus on and analyze related compositions, while exploring both the historical and social aspects of Bach's time. We will attend many concerts of Bach’s music, concluding with a performance of the Christmas Oratorio in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the same church where it was performed for the first time in 1734. Through the investigation of Bach’s most significant sacred and secular works we will further explore Bach’s enormous influence on western musical tradition from the late baroque on. Ultimately, we will discover what makes Bach one of the most important composers in the history of mankind.

    Program Fee: $3250 (includes some meals but not airfare). The fee covers all housing and transportation in Germany.

    Airfare: TBD

    Food/Outside Expenses: Students should budget $200 for meals not included in the program fee. Students who have a Bon Appetit meal plan during the semester in which they enroll in a block off-campus will receive a one-block meal plan refund which can be used for meals abroad.  The amount of the refund depends on the meal plan they chose for the semester. All students who have a meal plan and enroll in a course off-campus will receive the refund, even if the program fee includes some meals. 

    All-College Requirements: This course does not satisfy any all-college requirements.

    Pre-Requisites: There is a prerequisite of MU199 (Fundamentals), one western music history course, some experience as a performer (private lessons or participation in an ensemble), or COI.

    For more information, contact Professor Ofer Ben-Amots at or Professor Michael Grace at