MUS 251 Spring 2015 Introduction to the Music of Duke Ellington (W)

Cross Listed as AFR240
This course will survey the career and compositional style of Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington (1899-1974). Students will learn to listen to and analyze music from throughout Ellington's five-decade career as a bandleader, composer, arranger, and writer. Particular emphasis will be placed on development of aural analysis skills, in terms of form, style, orchestration, and the ability to identify the individual sounds of key Ellingtonian soloists. Ellington's importance as a key figure in American cultural history, and relationships between his music and parallel stylistic developments and influences from both within and outside of the jazz tradition will be discussed.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly listening and reading assignments, one biographical paper examining the career of an Ellingtonian, as well as participation in a group presentation to the class of one of Ellington's extended works; midterm and final exams will also be given
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: ability to read music notation
Enrollment Preference: Jazz ensemble members and Music majors
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--classes 2015 and 2016
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives, MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3836
MUS 251 - 01 (S) LEC Intro Music of Duke Ellington (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Andrew W. Jaffe
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Bernhard 30 3836
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