MUS 133
Men, Women, and Pianos
Last Offered Fall 2008
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course takes the piano, its repertory, and its performers as focal points for a social history of Western music, treating the piano as a locus around which issues of gender, class and race are played out in nineteenth century and twentieth century musical life. In addition to exploring “serious” works by composers such as Mozart and Beethoven, we will consider parlor music and music by crowd-pleasing virtuosi such as Liszt and Gottschalk. We will also consider a broad range of classical and popular performers, ranging from Clara Schumann, Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein and Glenn Gould through Art Tatum and Liberace. Other topics will include the “cult of the virtuoso,” Jane Campion’s 1993 film The Piano, and musical nationalism as reflected in music for the piano.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion, two meetings per week
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1367
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on participation, several short papers and quizzes, and a final project
Prerequisites: ability to read music, or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division I

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