Music

  • CFA MH 711: Research and Bibliography
    Methods and materials of research in music; bibliography and bibliographical aids; individual treatment in special areas; style in formal writing; leading historians of past and present; introduction to musicology. 3cr
  • CFA MH 715: Writing DMA Recital Notes
    A course that guides the DMA student on the Lecture Recital track to conceptualize, research, and create the materials required for the Lecture Recital.
  • CFA MH 721: Music in the Middle Ages
    The Greek heritage. Music from Gregory the Great to the death of Dunstable, religious and secular monody: Gregorian chant, troubador music. Origin and development of medieval polyphonic forms and techniques. Major musical manuscript and theoretical writings. Meets with CFA MH 821. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 722: Music in the Renaissance
    Sacred and secular music from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth century. Development of larger religious and secular polyphonic forms: mass, psalmody, hymnody, chanson, frottola, madrigal. Early instrumental forms. Music of Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin, Gesualdo, Lassus, Palestrina, Gabrieli, and Byrd. Meets with CFA MH 822. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 723: Music of the Baroque
    Topics may include madrigals, monody, early opera, sacred and secular cantatas, individual composers' and national styles, instrumental music, reception, cultural context, notation, analysis, and performance of Baroque music. Permission of instructor. Meets with CFA MH 823.3 credits.May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 724: Music of the Classic Era
    Topics may include opera, symphony, chamber music, the Lied, sacred music, individual composers' and national styles, cultural context, reception, notation, analysis, and performance of Classic music. Permission of instructor. Meets with CFA MU 824. 3 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 725: Music in the Romantic Period
    Topics may include program music, opera, symphony, chamber music, the Lied, sacred music, individual composers' and national styles, cultural context, reception, notation, analysis, and performance of Romantic music. Permission of instructor. Meets with CFA MH 825. 3 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 726: Music in the 20th Century
    Topics may include modernism, the replacement of tonality, music of war, opera, symphony, chamber music, sacred music, individual composers' and national styles, cultural context, reception, notation, analysis, and performance of twentieth-century music. Meets with CFA MH 826. Permission of instructor. 3 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 727: Special Topics in Musicology
    Close study of specifically defined areas in the forefront of musicological research. Individual research papers and class research projects as assigned by the instructor. Permission of instructor. 3 cr. May be repeated for credit.(Meets with CFA MU 827)
  • CFA MH 731: Medieval Polyphony
    The creation and development of polyphonic music from its uncertain origins in the ninth century through the schools of Compostela, St. Martial, and Notre Dame, to the secular and sacred works of the late-fourteenth-century "mannerists." 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 732: Mass and Motet in the Renaissance
    Development of cyclic mass and motet in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; works of Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin, Lassus, Byrd, and others. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 733: Impressionism in Music
    Music in France during the Third Republic (1870-1940) This course offers a comprehensive study of the renaissance of music in France after the Franco-Prussian War, concentrating on Paris as a musical center. It will investigate the rise of societies, schools and groups for music, and landmark events such as the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889. In addition to an examination of key works by important French composers (including Fauré, Debussy, Satie, Ravel and Les Six), it will assess the impact of Russian music, Wagner, Cocteau, Stravinsky, Diaghilev and Boulanger on the French musical scene. As well as studying the socio-political background to important events, it will look closely at allied arts (especially literary and visual arts) and important movements such as orientalism, impressionism and expressionism. (Knowledge of French language not necessary.) The course will include a visit to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston to see the French Collection of this period, and if possible a field trip to see one or more of the French music concerts in the area during the semester. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 734: The German Post-Romantics
    Music in Germany and Austria after Wagner and to the end of the Romantic style. Post-Romantic Expression; idealism and realism. Disintegration of classic harmony and development of new concepts of tonality; works of Mahler, R. Strauss, Wolf, Reger, Pfitzner, and Schoenberg. 3cr.
  • CFA MH 735: American Music
    Early music in the colonies. Various attempts to create an individual "American" musical style. Diversity of influences: European, African American, Indian, Spanish-Mexican, religious, jazz, folk song, minstrel, etc. Music of Billings, Lowell, Mason, Gottschalk, MacDowell, Ives, Gershwin, Copland, and others. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 751: Aesthetics, Criticism, and Historiography
    Issues in aesthetics, criticism, and historiography particularly relevant to musicology, such as the compositional process and reception, the musical work and recording technology, as well as sound, musical style, taste, and canon formation. 3 credits. May be repeated for credit. (Meets with MH 851.)
  • CFA MH 801: Independent Study in Musicology/Ethnomusicology
    Specialized, individually tailored and guided work on projects not connected with a thesis or dissertation, but of particular interest to the graduate student. This course may substitute for a period seminar in the musicology concentrator's program of study. 4 cr. either sem
  • CFA MH 820: Pro-Seminar in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
    Required for graduate students in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. This course provides an overview of the historical development of the disciplines, explores research techniques, and introduces influential theoretical perspectives, including: empiricism, psychology, criticism, representation, gender, and globalization. Fall Semester. 4 credits.
  • CFA MH 821: Seminar: Music of the Middle Ages
    The Greek heritage. Music from Gregory the Great to the death of Dunstable, religious and secular monody: Gregorian chant, troubador music. Origin and development of medieval polyphonic forms and techniques. Major musical manuscript and theoretical writings. Meets with CFA MH 721. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 822: Seminar: Music of the Renaissance
    Sacred and secular music from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth century. Development of larger religious and secular polyphonic forms: mass, psalmody, hymnody, chanson, frottola, madrigal. Early instrumental forms. Music of Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin, Gesualdo, Lassus, Palestrina, Gabrieli, and Byrd. Meets with CFA MH 722. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 823: Seminar: Music of the Baroque
    Topics may include madrigals, monody, early opera, sacred and secular cantatas, individual composers' and national styles, instrumental music, reception, cultural context, notation, analysis, and performance of Baroque music. Permission of instructor. Meets with CFA MH 723. 4 credits. May be repeated for credit.