Courses

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MUS230: Music in the Middle Ages
Rob Wegman

Introduction to some important musical repertories from before 1400 A.D.: Gregorian chant; the troubadour culture; the intellectual culture of music theory and the earliest polyphonic music.

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MUS550: Current Topics in Theory and Analysis: Chromaticism
V. Kofi Agawu

Hands-on exploration of chromatic music.

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MUS545: Contexts of Composition: Music and Manifesto
Donnacha Dennehy

`Music and Manifesto' examines the idea of writing music to a manifesto. We look at various manifestos and quasi-manifestos, both in music and in the larger art world.

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MUS542: Instrumentation and Performance
Dan Trueman

Collaborations with varied ensembles and performers from around the world and here at Princeton, presented in concert on the Princeton Sound Kitchen concert series.

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MUS534: Ends and Means: Issues in Composition
Eric Cha-Beach
Josh Quillen
Adam Sliwinski
Jason Treuting
Dan Trueman

Our focus is on writing new works for percussion quartet, with a level and depth of engagement which resembles S's process of commissioning major new works.

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MUS532: Composition
Donnacha Dennehy
Steven Mackey
Juri Seo
Dan Trueman
Dmitri Tymoczko
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: The Trecento
Jamie Reuland

An exploration of fourteenth-century Italian song, with emphasis on vernacularism, influences of earlier lyric forms, and literary critical practices of Dante and his contemporaries.

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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

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MUS512: Topics in Medieval Music: The Gregorian Problem
Rob Wegman

The topic of this course is "The Gregorian Question." Complete details are provided by Prof. Wegman at the Department of Music Faculty-Graduate Meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018.

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MUS510: Extramural Research Internship
Steven Mackey
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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MUS359: Sound Cultures
Gavin Steingo

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.

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MUS342: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
Juri Seo

We will study Beethoven's thirty-two piano sonatas with a special emphasis on the later ones. The class is centered on theoretical analysis that requires an advanced knowledge of tonal syntax.

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MUS334: Venice, Theater of the World
Wendy Heller
Jamie Reuland

This course examines over a millennium of music, art, literature, and culture in Venice, using as its lens the theatricality of the city's unique topography, environment, and geographic position.

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MUS325: Contemporary Opera and MusicTheater
Andrew Lovett

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.

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MUS316: Computer and Electronic Music Composition

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.

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MUS313: Introduction to Experimental Music History and Practice
Adam Sliwinski
Jeff Snyder

This course combines a survey of the history of American experimental music with hands-on participation in the performance of important works in the repertoire.

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MUS312: Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition II
Ralph Bowen

An examination of the theoretical principles found in modal jazz through analysis of representative works by such composers as Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and Herbie Hancock.

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MUS299: Independent Instruction in Voice or Instrument
Christopher Arneson
Elaine Christy
Elizabeth DiFelice
Martha Elliott
Jack Hill
Francine Kay
David Kellett
Christopher Komer
Sunghae Anna Lim
Trineice Robinson-Martin
Jayn Rosenfeld
Jessica Thompson

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

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MUS290: The Art of Listening
V. Kofi Agawu

How does one attend to a musical performance? What conventions govern the ways in which compositions begin,continue and end? How relevant are historical and cultural data to acts of engaged listening?

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MUS264: Urban Blues and the Golden Age of Rock
Rob Wegman

Examines post-World War II blues, rock music mostly of the late sixties and early seventies, and the connections between them. Explores wider musical and extramusical connections.

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MUS262: Jazz History: Many Sounds, Many Voices

This course will examine the musical, historical, and cultural aspects of jazz throughout its entire history, looking at the 20th century as the breeding ground for jazz in America and beyond.

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MUS250: Musical Cultures of the World
Gavin Steingo

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.

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MUS242: Music After Modernism, 1945 to the Present
Barbara White

A survey of concert music from the middle of the twentieth century through the present day.

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MUS236: Music of the Classical Period

A comprehensive introduction to the historical, aesthetic, and stylistic issues of the music of the Viennese Classical period.

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MUS231: Princeton University Steel Band
Josh Quillen

The PU Steel Band course will focus on the history and performance practice surrounding the steel drum band and its traditional musics from Trinidad and Tobago.