COMP 134
Myth in Music
Last Offered Spring 2011
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed COMP 134 / MUS 134
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Orpheus, Prometheus, Faust, and Don Juan–these figures have captured the imagination of writers, artists, and composers throughout history. This course explores how prominent myths of western civilization have found expression in a broad variety of musical works, e.g., operas by Claudio Monteverdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jacques Offenbach, and Richard Wagner; songs by Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Adam Guettel; ballets by Ludwig van Beethoven and Igor Stravinsky; symphonic poems by Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss and Alexander Scriabin; Broadway musicals by Richard Adler and Randy Newman; and mixed-media projects by Rinde Eckert. Our inquiry will lead us to ponder an array of questions: Why have certain myths proven especially appealing to composers? What accounts for these myths’ musical longevity? How have myths been adapted to different musical genres and styles, and for what purposes? How do the works reflect the historical cultures in which they originated? How have they engaged with different social, political, artistic, and intellectual concerns?
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 3584
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, three 6-8page papers (with revisions), and a final presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students with a demonstrated interest in literature or music
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 134 Division I MUS 134 Division I

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