Courses

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MUS513: Topics in 19th- and Early 20th-Century Music: Tchaikovsky
Simon A. Morrison

This course explores the career of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, from his first civic-minded compositions and salon songs through to his first ballet Swan Lake, the operas Eugene Onegin and Mazeppa, the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Symphonies, his liturgical mus

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COM219: A Cultural History of Nineteenth Century Europe through Wagner's Ring

Wagner's 15-hour opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen is a unique masterpiece that transformed opera as a genre.

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MUS545: Contexts of Composition: Computers for Composers
Dmitri Tymoczko

This class provides a hands-on introduction to computer techniques, focusing on Max/MSP, but branching out into other areas depending on the interests of the class. There are two main goals of the class.

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MUS537: Points of Focus in 20th-Century Music
Dan Trueman
Iarla Ó Lionáird

We study and respond to 10 albums from the 1970s to the present, considering songwriting, arranging, production, lyrics, performance practices, vocal styles, and all the related
elements to go into making these albums what they are.

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MUS534: Ends and Means: Issues in Composition
Steven Mackey

This course includes score study and compositional prompts that traditionally fall under the heading of orchestration as well as broader inquiry into the manifold possibilities and practicalities of composing for orchestra.

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MUS531: Composition
Steven Mackey
Juri Seo
Dan Trueman
Barbara White

Emphasis is placed upon the individual student's original work and upon the study and discussion of pieces pertinent to that work.

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MUS528: Seminar in Musicology: Studies in African Music
V. Kofi Agawu

Exploration of selected issues in African music research from a postcolonial perspective. Topics include rhythm, minimalism, iconicity, representation and the impact of tonality.

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MUS520: Topics in Music from 1600 to 1800: Handel: Sources, Editing, and the Imagination
Wendy Heller

Focusing on selected operas and oratorios of Handel, in particular "Messiah", the seminar focuses on ways of reading 18th-century musical sources by modern editors of critical editions and by earlier musicians, such as Mozart and

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MUS510: Extramural Research Internship
Donnacha Dennehy
Simon A. Morrison

MUS510 is for students in the department who wish to gain experience of central importance to their area of study by working outside of the University capacity.

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MUS314: Computer and Electronic Music through Programming, Performance, and Composition
Jeff Snyder

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer and electronic music.

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MUS311: Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition I
Ralph Bowen

An exploration of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic principles of the bebop paradigm.

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MUS310: Advanced Workshop in Musical Composition
Donnacha Dennehy

A composition course for independent, self-directed composers working in any style. The primary requirement is to compose a substantial piece and present it at our class concert at the end of the semester.

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MUS306: Understanding Tonality
Dmitri Tymoczko

In this course we will try to understand the complex phenomenon of "tonality." We will theorize about harmony, voice leading, and scales, studying works by Gesualdo, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel, Reich, and cont

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MUS298: Independent Instruction in Voice or Instrument (Non-credit)
Susannah Chapman
Rochelle K. Ellis
Joe Fiedler
Margaret Kampmeier
Francine Kay
David Kellett
Alberto Parrini
Barbara Rearick

Independent instruction in voice or instrument is an intensive immersion in all aspects of recreating music for performance.

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MUS265: Global Popular Music
Gavin Steingo

This course explores the formation of popular music genres throughout the world -- from Johannesburg and Accra, to Mexico City, Istanbul, and Jakarta, among other places.

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MUS260: Music Traditions in North America

From Native American song to modern hip-hop, the North American continent has a rich history and repertory of musical expressions.

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MUS258: Music of Africa
V. Kofi Agawu

Introduction to the vocal and instrumental music of Africa, south of the Sahara.

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MUS238: Music of the Romantic Era
Simon A. Morrison

A survey of major composers, styles, genres, and aesthetic, technical, and philosophical issues related to the development of art music through the 19th century.

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MUS231: Princeton University Steel Band
Josh Quillen

The Princeton University Steel Drum Band is a performance ensemble focused on the traditional musics of Trinidad and Tobago. The primary focus of the ensemble will be on performance practice. No previous experience is necessary.

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MUS216: Techniques of Conducting
Gabriel Crouch

This course will focus on: 1) the development of competency in conducting technique, 2) verbal and non-verbal communication in rehearsal, 3) the study of choral repertoire of various styles and genres, emphasizing analysis and interpretation and

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MUS215: Projects in Jazz Performance
Kris Davis

A performance course that focuses on the development of style, concept, and repertoire in the jazz idiom. Students are coached by faculty in extended projects in performance.

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MUS214: Projects in Vocal Performance: Opera Workshop-Mozart: Die Gartnerin aus Liebe
David Kellett
Sarah Pelletier

The class present a fully staged production of Mozart's Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe (the singspiel version of La Finta Giardiniera).

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MUS213: Projects in Instrumental Performance: Chamber Music
Eric Cha-Beach
Elizabeth DiFelice
Josh Quillen
Adam Sliwinski
Matt Sullivan
Jessica Thompson
Jason Treuting
Nancy Wilson
Eric Wyrick

Instrumental chamber music class of the standard repertory of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Preparation for performance of ensembles.

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MUS205: Species Counterpoint
Steven Mackey

To lay the foundations for a thorough understanding of the principles of linear structure and voice-leading through the study of species counterpoint. Twice weekly exercises will lead to a complete 4-5 voice Mass Movement as a final project.

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MUS105: Music Theory through Performance and Composition
Donnacha Dennehy

Music 105 is the first of a two-semester course on introductory music theory of Western classical music.