MUS 247
Music for Theater Production Spring 2017 Division I; Cross-listed as THEA247 / MUS247
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Music written to accompany or to “point up” the action or mood of a dramatic performance on stage can be traced to Ancient Theater. Are the labels of incidental and background music appropriate or patronizing for this genre? What is the difference between the composition of “incidental music” and sound designing? How does creating music to accompany a play differ from writing concert music or music for film, ballet, opera, or musical theater? What makes for effective incidental music? How does the music interact with the spoken drama? Students will discuss music composed for selected plays and will compose music for a scene of a play drawing upon pre-existing works, or creating their own. Format: tutorial. During the first and last weeks of the semester, students will attend two group classes. In the other weeks, students will meet with the instructor in pairs for a one-hour session. Students will write and present a 5- to 6-page paper every other week and a 1- to 2-page response to their partner’s paper in the alternate weeks.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3775
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on five papers/presentations, and five responses
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ability to read music and permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Music and Theater Majors
Distributions: Division I;

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