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The Department of Musicology offers courses under the following two headings:
A. Music History
B. Ethnomusicology
A. Music History
MHST 101 (or CMUS 100) is a prerequisite to any of the 200-level survey courses. Students who have a good background in music history and literature may be exempted from MHST 101 by passing an examination given only during Orientation in August. College of Arts and Sciences students with some music background may take MHST 101. For College students without such a background, CMUS 100 is recommended. (See Music, in the Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.) Transfer students entering in February must take MHST 101 the following fall semester.
101. Introduction to the History and Literature of Music 4 hours
A survey of the major developments in the history of Western music including jazz, vernacular music, electronic and computer music, and an introduction to ethnomusicology. Selected major musical works will be considered from a variety of historical standpoints. The course serves as a prerequisite to the MHST 226, 235, 245, 255, 275 courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of musical notation. Enrollment Limit: 100. Conservatory students are encouraged to register for this course in their freshman year.
Sem 1 MHST-101-01 MTuThF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Suskin
MHST-101-02 MTuThF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Suskin
226. Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance 3 hours
A survey of church and court music from the early Middle Ages to 1600. The course will consider the forging of Western musical traditions within the context of medieval liturgy and the ensuing growth of a variety of genres--music which richly expresses Romanesque otherworldliness, the ideals of courtly love, Gothic rationalism, the blossoming of the individual in the Renaissance, and the mystical fervor of the Counter Reformation. Prerequisites: MHST 101 or CMUS 100. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 2 MHST-226-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Plank
235. Music in the Baroque Era 3 hours
A survey of music from the rise of monody in the Florentine academies c.1600 to the death of Bach in 1750. The course will consider opera, church music, and instrumental music from multiple perspectives, underscoring the interplay of technical and contextual views. Works by
Monteverdi, Schuetz, Bach, Handel, and others are studied from the standpoint of form and style, and as expressions of various social forces. Prerequisites: MHST 101 or CMUS 100. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 1 MHST-235-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Plank
245. Music in the Classic Era 3 hours
A survey of the music from about 1730 to about 1800 including the stylistic changes at mid-century and the various schools that culminate in the mature works of Haydn and Mozart. Emphasis will be placed on the development of major genres and formal procedures of the period. Three classes plus one listening laboratory per week. Prerequisites: MHST 101 or CMUS 100. Enrollment Limit: 55.
Sem 2 MHST-245-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Staff
MHST-245-02 MWF 1:30-2:20 Staff
255. Music in the 19th Century 3 hours
A survey of music by principal European composers of the nineteenth century. Includes discussion of Beethoven's works and their interpretations by later composers, the Italian operatic repertory, Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk, aesthetics of the New German School, the rise of nationalistic music, position of women musicians, development of a concert audience in the US, and the formation of today's standard repertory. Prerequisites: MHST 101 or CMUS 100. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 1 MHST-255-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Ms. Macdonald
MHST-255-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Ms. Macdonald
275. Music in the 20th Century 3 hours
A survey of European and American concert and stage music from 1900 to the present. Topics covered include symbolism, expressionism, neoclassicism, serialism, Harlem renaissance, national influences (politics, folk art), electronic music, indeterminacy, minimalism, performance art, post-modernism, viability of avant-garde music today. Prerequisites: MHST 101 or CMUS 100 and MUTH 232. Consent: Freshmen and transfer students admitted by consent only. Concurrent enrollment in MUTH 232 is possible with consent of the instructor. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem 2 MHST-275-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Ms. Macdonald
MHST-275-02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Ms. Macdonald
290, 291. Introduction to African-American Music 3 hours
CD
A one-year survey of musical styles and forms cultivated by African Americans. First semester includes West African music and West African continuity in the American, early African American instrumental-vocal forms, and the social implications of African-American music. Second semester includes later instrumental and vocal music (jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, etc.) and important composers and performers of works in extended forms. Cross listed with AAST 171, 172, and JAZZ 290, 291. Enrollment Limit: 50.
Sem 1 MHST-290-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Logan
Sem 2 MHST-291-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Logan
301. Introduction to Music Research and Writing WRi 3 hours
A practical course open to all students wishing to develop their skills in writing about music and to familiarize themselves with essential bibliographic and research tools. The course will focus on specific problems and mechanics of preparing a research paper, concert, record and book reviews, program notes, etc. Prerequisites: MHST 101 and one 200-level music history course. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 MHST-301-01 TuTh 8:35-9:50 Mr. Plank
302. Introduction to Historical Performance 3 hours
Identical to HPRF 302-01.
Sem 1 MHST-302-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Breitman
312. Special Topics in Performance Practice 3 hours
Identical to HPRF 312. Also see HPRF 512 (or MHST 512).
Sem 2 MHST-312-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Breitman
316. Studies in Opera: The Baroque Opera 3 hours
WR
A study of selected operas ranging from the early music drama in Florence c.1600 through Handelian opera seria in London, 1711-1741. Works by Peri, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Purcell, and Lully, among others, are investigated from several standpoints--analytical, dramatic, contextual--in order to observe the interaction of dramatic and musical goals in various operatic styles. Class topics will also include baroque stage-craft and operatic performance practice. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 2 MHST-316-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Plank
318. Women in Music 3 hours
A study of the contributions of women to art music primarily from the 18th through 20th centuries. The course will concentrate on the works of women composers and the conditions surrounding their production, but will also consider the role of women as performers, teachers, and patrons of music. Compositions will be discussed with both the traditional repertoire, and the questions of identifying a feminine aesthetic view. Identical to WOST 318. Prerequisites: One 200-level MHST course. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 2 MHST-318-01 TuTh 1:00-2:15 Ms. Macdonald
319. Studies in Genre: The Oratorio 3 hours
WR
An historical investigation of selected oratorios dating from the 17th century to the modern day. The critical study of individual works will be complemented by a consideration of the genre's various contextual manifestations (e.g., as devotional work, opera substitute, national allegory, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams). Prerequisites: One 200-level music history course. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 MHST-319-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Plank
331. Johann Sebastian Bach 3 hours
WR
A study of Bach's life and selected works. The course addresses the "new image" of a familiar master which has emerged from the startling research of post-1950 scholars. Through a close study of the cantatas and works such as the Brandenburg Concertos, St. John Passion, and Musical Offering, the class seeks to illumine Bach's position in various musical traditions, to explore his response to cultural environment, and to describe analytically his expressive vocabulary. Prerequisites: MHST 101 and one 200-level music history course. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 2 MHST-331-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Plank
341. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 3 hours
WR
A study of the life of Mozart and the development of his musical style. Analysis of vocal and instrumental works, and consideration of Mozart's position in the 18th century. Special attention will be devoted to The Magic Flute. Prerequisites: MHST 101 and one 200-level music history
course. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 MHST-341-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Suskin
351. Ludwig van Beethoven 3 hours
WR
A study of the life and works of the composer. Selected compositions will be examined by considering such aspects as compositional sketches, stylistic development, performance practices, and cultural environment. Prerequisites: MHST 101 and one 200-level music history course. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 MHST-351-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Staff
361. Robert Schumann 3 hours
A study of the life and works of Robert Schumann. In addition to his own large oeuvre of instrumental and vocal works, the course will cover musical developments generally in the 1830s and 1840s, particularly from the point of view of Schumann's writings. Related subjects will be the Parisian school of virtuoso pianism, the development of German opera, growth of amateur music making, revival of eighteenth-century music, and the cult of Beethoven.
Prerequisites: MHST 101, and one 200-level music history course. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 2 MHST-361-01 TuTh 1:00-2:15 Ms. Macdonald
371. Igor Stravinsky 3 hours
WR
A study of Stravinsky's creative development from his earliest compositions in a nationalistic, academic style, through his "Russian" and "neoclassical" periods to his final adaptation of serialism. The course includes discussion of Stravinsky's use of ideas from Russian folklore, Greek classicism, and Christianity, and his philosophy of music as set forth in The Poetics of Music. Prerequisites: One 200-level Music History course and MUTH 232. Concurrent enrollment in MUTH 232 is possible. Consent: Consent of instructor required.
Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 MHST-371-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Ms. Macdonald
400, 401. Senior Honors 3 hours
Enrollment Limit: Open only to music history majors admitted to the Honors Program. For additional information, see Undergraduate Programs, Division of Musicology.
Sem 1 MHST-400-01 To be arranged Staff
Sem 2 MHST 401-01 To be arranged Staff
512. Special Topics in Performance Practice 3 hours
Identical to HPRF 512.
Sem 2 MHST-512-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Breitman

 

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Ethnomusicology

100. Introduction to Musics of the World 3 hours
CD
This course, for students with a basic knowledge of Western music theory, explores five areas drawn from the following: Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, Europe, Native America, North America, South America. A dual focus on sociology (the musicians, their roles, their audience) and musicology (the instruments, elements of style, and compositional principles) is pursued
through a field project, aural analysis, transcription, and in-class performance. For a similar course assuming no music knowledge see CMUS 103. Enrollment Limit: 60.
Sem 2 ETHN-100-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. R. Knight
The 200-level Musics of the World courses, listed below while carrying no prerequisites, naturally focus on the musicological as well as socio-cultural details of music. Thus, for non-music students, CMUS 103 or a basic knowledge of western music theory is recommended. The following 200-level courses are offered on a rotating basis.
200. Music of the Americas 3 hours
CD
This course focuses on folk traditions of North and South America and the Caribbean, plus Native American and Amerindian traditions. See general description above. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 ETHN-200-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. R. Knight
203. Music of India 3 hours
CD
The focus of this course is on raga sangeet, the classical music of India in its North and South variants, and on the folk and tribal traditions from various parts of the country. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 2 ETHN-203-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. R. Knight
205. Music of Indonesia 3 hours
CD
This course focuses on the music of Java and Bali while including the related traditions of Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines and selected traditions from Australia and the Pacific Islands. The opportunity to perform Javanese Gamelan music is a component of this course. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 1 ETHN-205-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. R. Knight
207. Music of Africa 3 hours
CD
This course focuses on the variety of musical traditions in Black Africa with special emphasis on the Mandinka of Gambia, the Shona of Zimbabwe, and the Pygmies of Central Africa. See general description above. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 2 ETHN-207-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. R. Knight
For information on performing ensembles in non-Western music, see the following Applied Studies courses:
APST 750 Javanese Gamelan
APST 751 Performing the Music of India
APST 830 Mandinka Ensemble

 

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