I'm teaching the first half of a music history sequence, from the beginning until 1750. This is a period I am an expert in. I'm sure the ending date of the course was chosen because in January of 1750, a fire in Istanbul destroyed 10,000 houses. Or maybe because this was the year in which the umbrella first became popular in England. Or perhaps it is because 1750 is when the Westminster Bridge opened? Maybe not. I know, it must because 1750 is the birth year of that esteemed composer Antonio Salieri, on August 18th. That must be it. Why else would we possibly be ending baroque music on 1750?
I kid, I kid. I'm quite looking forward to the course. It is mostly first year students, I hear. Not only that, but it is a 9:30 am class on the first day of classes, and I'm tickled to be these students' first exposure to academia. I plan a lofty speech on the subject.
Speaking of Bach, if anybody can tell me where this chord progression comes from, I will buy you a drink at AMS. It is from my favorite movie of the summer, and I am a bad musicologist both for knowing nothing about ABBA, and also for thinking that this progression sounds vaguely chorale-y or hymn-y and familiar, but being unable to place it exactly, despite my aforementioned expertise in all music outside of the American twentieth century. So help me out.