MUS514: Topics in 19th- and Early 20th-Century Music: Abstraction
Simon A. Morrison
This semester explores symphonic composition from the era after the "death" of the symphony, (after the death of Mahler), moving through works by Scriabin, Nielsen, the neoclassicism of Stravinsky, the English and French &quo
This course examines the role of sound and listening in the constitution of culture. Classes will be evenly split between historical and theoretical analysis, on the one hand, and practice-based explorations of sound, on the other.
A Viking saga, a mad king, a vengeful husband: these are a few of the characters that we encounter in recent small-scale operas (or 'music-theater' works). They give us a starting point for considering how we tell stories in opera.
A composition workshop class, in the context of the traditional sound studio. Emphasis will be on the student's creative work, composing both "fixed media" works and live electronic/laptop music.
Course explores aesthetic principles and social context underlying traditional and popular musics of various world regions, drawing on examples from South Africa, Japan, India, and Indonesia, among other places.