MUS 251
Introduction to the Music of Duke Ellington Spring 2015
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed AFR 240 / MUS 251
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3836
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
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
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: ability to read music notation
Enrollment Preferences: Jazz ensemble members and Music majors
Unit Notes: MUS Group A Electives--classes 2015 and 2016
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 240 Division I MUS 251 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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