Japanese Music and Instruments
A study of Japan's musical history and life, including: music of Shinto and Buddhism; music of the court and theater (gagaku, nogaku, kabuki); music of Japan's instruments (biwa, shakuhachi, koto, and shamisen); folk and popular music; demonstration of selected instruments; and introduction to notation systems. The class will examine Chinese and other Asian influence on traditional Japanese music, as well as later cross-cultural influence between the Japan and other cultures around the world.
General Music History 1
A survey of the major styles in Western music from about A.D. 600 to the conclusion of the baroque period.
General Music History 2
A survey of the major styles in Western and non-Western music from the early classical period to the present.
Dmitri Shostakovich: His Music and Life
This course combines historical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of research on the life of Dmitri Shostakovich and the majority of his works. Special attention is devoted to the symphonic and theater works with detailed analysis of the principles of musical and theatrical dramaturgy and emphasis on style, form, and musical language. Videotapes with excerpts of performances of the composer's operas, ballets, and symphonic works, as well as passages from rare documentary films, are an integral part of the course.
Style Analysis of Classical and Romantic Music
Analysis of representative works from the classical and romantic periods. Emphasis on compositional practice and stylistic distinction.
Style Analysis of 20th-Century Music
Study of music from the early 20th century to the present. Examination of the development of mainstream serial, electronic, aleatoric, and experimental composition.
Traditional Composition Forms in the 20th Century 1
A comprehensive survey of the forms that originated in the Renaissance, baroque, and classical periods, and their development and use by composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Isorhythm, ground bass, variation passage, and fugue are traced in detail from their earliest use to the 20th century.
Traditional Composition Forms in the 20th Century 2
A continuation of the survey of forms. Sonata, rondo, simple ternary, and other forms are analyzed in detail and traced through the music of composers from the 18th century to the present day.
The Beethoven String Quartets
Comparative study and analysis of the principal Beethoven quartets. Relationship of the quartets to his work as a whole. Examination of the outstanding compositional characteristics of this important body of literature.
Bartók's Chamber Music
Score analysis, discussion, and study of Bartók's principal chamber works. Comparison of formal characteristics, scoring, and compositional practices.
Early Chamber Music of Arnold Schoenberg
Analysis of the early tonal and free atonal techniques in Schoenberg's pre-1923 compositions. Examinations of the causes and effects of preserial techniques in 20th-century composition.
The Music of J.S. Bach
A study of the aesthetic and compositional bases of representative works of J.S. Bach, placing the music in a cultural, biographical, and musicological context. Through lecture, listening, analysis, and discussion, the student will consider the distinctions, as well as the continuities, between the practical composer of weekly cantatas and the abstractionist composer of the Art of the Fugue.