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MUSC 413 Contemporary Art Music: Theory and Analysis

A technical approach to the diverse concert-music repertoire since 1950, including orchestral, chamber, solo, and electro-acoustic genres. Applicable theories of pitch and rhythm, with reference to composers' own writings.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: MUSC 300.

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
MUSC 413 001Seminar2 Tue Thu10:3012:00

Contemporary Art Music: Theory and Analysis. This course explores the diverse concert-music repertoire since 1950, so in a sense it is a continuation and enrichment of Music 300. Although the course focuses primarily on compositional, theoretical, and analytical issues, the position of the works with respect to important social, aesthetic, and philosophical trends will also be considered. A wide range of composers and styles will be considered, beginning with the European modernists of the 1950s, but branching out to include (according to students' interests) postmodern works by eminent American, Canadian, and Asian composers.

The course is designed for fourth-year undergraduates and first-year graduate students. The latter will participate at a level appropriate to their degree program and specialty, possibly including performing, lecturing, or original research, as determined in consultation with the instructor.