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Fall 2014

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MUSC - Music

Course description

This course is an exploration of the nature and significance of modernist music in European and American culture and society between 1885 and 1945. It is not a comprehensive survey; rather, the course concentrates on a series of key works, locales, and situations. Along the way, you will be plunged into the often extreme aesthetic experience of modernist music. You will encounter and explore works by a number of the major composers of the era. You will grapple with crucial issues raised by musical modernism, including the interaction of music and cultural politics, the prevalence of scandal in this era, the significance of changing representations of gender and sexuality, the variety of audience and critical responses to new music, the impact of media and technologies impacting music, emerging distinctions between ‘high’ and commercial art, and the fate of music under totalitarianism.

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