Music

  • CFA MH 342: Masterpieces of Opera
    An introduction to the forms and conventions of opera. This class will cover selected works from the Baroque to the present, with excursions to occasional live performances and open rehearsals. Open to all students except CFA and CAS Music Majors. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 344: Music & Society
    A survey of the relationship between music, culture, and and the society it mirrors, with case studies drawn from Antiquity through contemporary popular music, spanning Western and non-Western traditions 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 352: Popular Music: The Beatles
    This course will examine the music of the Beatles in the cultural, social, and musical context of the Sixties. We shall look at the influences that played a part in the formation of their style; the magical interplay of talents among the four musicians; and the special partnership between Lennon and McCartney that led to the creation of some of the most enduring songs of the pop and rock era. This course is intended for the general university student and neither assumes nor requires previous training in music. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 401: Graduate Music History Review 1
    Review of music history and literature from the Middle Ages to 1750. 2 cr.
  • CFA MH 402: Graduate Music History Review 2
    Review of music history and literature from the ca. 1750 to the present. 2.0 cr.
  • CFA MH 424: Music in the Classical Period
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in music from ca. 1750-1820, dealing mainly with symphonic, chamber, and keyboard by Haydn and Mozart through Beethoven. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 425: Romantic Music
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in music from ca. 1820-1900, dealing mainly with orchestral, chamber and piano music, as well as Lieder, opera, program music, and individual or groups of composers. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 426: Music After 1900
    Prereq: CFA MU 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in orchestral, chamber, solo, and vocal genres from 1900 to the present covering such issues as atonality, neo-classicism, expressionism, the avant-garde, post-modernism, minimalism, technology, etc., and with individual or groups of composers. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 431: Topics in World Music
    No prereq; open to all students. Selected topics concerning non-western music and culture, including colonialism and post-colonialism, orientalism, anthropological perspectives, modernization, transmission, migration, diaspora, and the influence of technology. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 434: Interdisciplinary Topics in Music History
    No prereq; open to all students. Wide-angled and narrowly-focused topics dealing with music's application to and interaction with other disciplines, including the broader humanities, science, politics, and technology. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 436: Musical Cultures of the World
    No prereq; open to all students. A survey of music and musical cultures from around the world, including traditions from Africa, India, Japan, Indonesia, North America, and Latin America. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 441: Jewish Music
    Jewish music as an expression of Jewish heritage, from ancient Israel to modern America. Topics include sacred music, folk songs, musical influence of host countries, nineteenth-century themes and composers in Diaspora. Not available for credit to CFA and CAS music majors. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 499: Ind Study Undgr
  • CFA MH 561: World Music Ensemble
    Learn to perform traditional world music in the context of an ensemble taught by specialists of African, Balinese, Latin American, and many other types of world music. The specific musical style and type of group will change with each semester. Improve your rhythmic skills; lower performance anxiety. Enrollment is open to all students. No previous musical experience is necessary. variable cr. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 563: World Music and Culture
    Read, discuss, and begin to understand many traditions of World Music through performance and discussion taught in the oral tradition. Enrollment is open to all students, and no previous musical experience is necessary. No prereq. [Var cr.]
  • CFA MH 611: Music Research Techniques
    Introduction to materials about music history and performance. Topics include research methods, primary and secondary sources, reading and writing about music, editions and editing, and sound recordings. 2 cr.
  • CFA MH 620: Topics in Musical Style
    This course addresses a particular period or focus of compositional activity, covering the work or works of more than one composer and opening a view into a circumscribed but influential musical style. 3 cr. May be repeated for credit. [ 3 cr.]
  • CFA MH 629: Early Music Studies
    Mini-course offered by the Center for Early Music Studies. Taught by eminent figures in the field of early music, this course is an intensive, laboratory-style immersion in early music scholarship and performance on selected topics, composers, and repertories, covering vocal and instrumental styles from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. 1 cr. Can be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 631: Individual Composers
    This course will study the work of a single composer in depth, analyzing the work as a product both of individual style and of historical and cultural context. 3 cr. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 681: Music of Our Time: Composers and Repertoire
    The only constant feature in contemporary music is the aesthetic fragmentation. In this course we will acquire an overview of as broad a cross-section of contemporary composers, trends and music as possible. We will focus on composers and places that have become major hubs of compositional activity and ideas. Students will be assigned these different compositional hubs and be asked to trace out the music and personalities of that hub, hopefully leading to connections to other hubs and allowing a broad overview of the trends and their connections. Composers of as many different nationalities and aesthetic orientations as possible will be studied. 4 cr