MUS 233
Music in History III: Art Music Since 1900 Fall 2024
Division I

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A historical survey of European and American art music from the early twentieth century to the present. 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 pursue a contextual approach and will investigate this music in relation to contemporary developments in the other arts, to popular musical styles, and to global intersections. We will carefully consider the ways in which evolving conceptions of race, ethnicity, and gender shaped this music history. Topics and styles will include: modernism (atonal expressionism, twelve-tone techniques, neoclassicism); new technologies (electronic, multimedia, digital); the impact of jazz at home and abroad; American experimentalism; postmodernism (minimalism, neoromanticism); nationalism (Eastern European, Latin American, East Asian); and the impact of geopolitics on musical composition (totalitarianism; World War II; Cold War).
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1531
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two papers, a midterm, and a final exam
Prerequisites: ability to read music
Enrollment Preferences: Music majors or students with some musical background.
Unit Notes: required course for Music majors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: MUS Music History: 1900-Present

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