MUS 138 Spring 2015 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music

Twentieth-century Euro-American art music involved a persistent exploration of the limits of musical possibility. Encounters with this music often challenge our ears and musical minds and require us to reconsider fundamental conceptions of music itself. Throughout the course, we will investigate in what ways the basic elements of music (e.g., harmonic organization, rhythm, timbre, instrumentation and performance conventions) were extended and revolutionized. Topics and styles to be discussed include: atonality, expressionism, twelve-tone techniques, neoclassicism, electronic and computer music, stochastic music, minimalism, and neoromanticism. We will also consider the music of this century in relation to contemporary developments in the other arts and to popular musical styles. The syllabus will include works by such composers as Debussy, Mahler, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartók, Weill, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Ives, Copland, Babbitt, Stockhausen, Messiaen, Boulez, Berio, Cage, Górecki, Glass, Gubaidulina, and Tower.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on a series of quizzes, short papers, and performance reports; quizzes will include listening and identifying examples
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: juniors, seniors, Music majors and potential majors
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--classes 2015 and 2016
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3964
MUS 138 - 01 (S) LEC Intro to 20th Century Music Division 1: Languages and the Arts Eric T. Nathan
MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Bernhard 30 3964
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