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 Bop Masters
An in-depth survey of the principal instrumental soloists, vocalists, vocal groups, arrangers, and composers of the bebop period. A variety of groups will be examined through recordings.
Analysis of Progressive Rock Music
Analysis of progressive rock music from 1967—present. The influence of compositional and orchestral techniques and use of acoustic instrumentation. The fusion of standard rock styles and classical music forms, including opera (Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wings of Man). Analysis of rhythmic and harmonic devices. Groups to be discussed will include Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Kansas, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Contemporary South American Music
A course for all instrumentalists and vocalists that focuses on the performance and analysis of music by many of the most important contemporary recording/performing artists and composers in South America. Recordings, scores, literature, and videos will be used to explain how these genres have evolved from their traditional styles by absorbing the influences of modern musical forms, including jazz, rock, pop, flamenco, and African music. We will discuss the historical, cultural, and social implications of this process of absorption and adaptation to form a comprehensive understanding of the multicultural, multiracial roots of contemporary South American music. Through analysis and performance, students will learn how to extract elements of South American music and use it in other styles, including their own compositions and arrangements.
Music and Cultures of Africa, Latin America, and South America
A study of major music and cultures of Africa and the interaction of African and European cultures in the New World of Latin America and South America, focusing on the ways these cultures have produced new musical forms as a result. Other topics will include: issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and identity; placing music in its cultural and historical context; music as a representative of cultural values; aesthetics; cultural transmission; orality and literacy; and individualism versus group involvement.
Music and Culture of India, the Far East, and Eastern Europe
A study of the music of North India and music and cultures of the Near East and Far East, including Japan, Indonesia, and Turkey, as well as Eastern Europe, including Greece, Bulgaria, and Russian Georgia. Focus will be on the interaction of cultures to produce new musical forms. Other topics will include: issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and identity; placing music in its cultural and historical context; music as a representative of cultural values; aesthetics; cultural transmission; orality and literacy; and individualism versus group involvement.
The Music of Miles Davis
A course tracing the development of the music of Miles Davis. Examination and discussion of the evolution of his playing and writing styles. Concentration on the listening and analysis of improvised solos, tunes, forms, harmonic practice, and his influence on other performers.
The Music of Duke Ellington
A chronological investigation of the music of Duke Ellington and the development of the Ellington Orchestra. Through listening and score analysis, students become familiar with various techniques associated with Ellington's unique approach to composition, arranging, and orchestration.
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.