Courses

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MUS223: The Ballet
Simon A. Morrison

A history of ballet from its origins in the French courts through its development into a large-scale theatrical spectacle in the 19th century and its modernist deformation.

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MUS217: Orchestral Music: Analysis and Performance
Ruth Ochs

Richard Strauss and Benjamin Britten will be the centerpiece composers for a semester-long study of orchestral and orchestra-choral repertory.

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MUS214: Projects in Vocal Performance: French Melodies
Ronald Cappon
Barbara Rearick

The class will be a survey of the development of classical French Melodie art songs. Students will attend a 3 hr. class. Lecture and song preparation for final recital.

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MUS213: Projects in Instrumental Performance: Chamber Music
Brian Brown
Geoffrey Burleson
Susannah Chapman
Francine Kay
Sunghae Anna Lim
Alberto Parrini
Jayn Rosenfeld

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

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MUS208: Music for Large Chamber Ensemble Drawn from Less-Performed Works
Michael Pratt

An exploration of music for large chamber ensemble from periods rarely addressed by Princeton performing ensembles, such as Baroque, Early Classical, and recent music by Princeton undergraduates.

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MUS206: Tonal Syntax
Steven Mackey

An introduction to the syntactic structure of the music of the 18th and 19th centuries through exercises in analysis and composition.

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MUS106: Music Theory through Performance and Composition
Juri Seo

A continuation of Music 105, with an emphasis on the harmonic and formal principles of Western classical music.

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MUS104: When Music Is Made
Donnacha Dennehy

An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory through exercises in melody, harmony, composition, ear-training, transcription, instrumentation and analysis. A variety of music will be studied.

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CWR211: How to Write A Song
Steven Mackey

An introduction to the art of writing words for music, an art at the core of almost every literary tradition from Homer through Beowulf to W.B Yeats and beyond.

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MUS104: When Music Is Made
Donnacha Dennehy

An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory through exercises in melody, harmony, composition, ear-training, transcription, instrumentation and analysis. A variety of music will be studied.

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MUS510: Extramural Research Internship
V. Kofi Agawu
Dmitri Tymoczko

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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MUS510: Extramural Research Internship
V. Kofi Agawu
Dmitri Tymoczko

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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IRI328: Moscow: Culture, History, Politics
Simon A. Morrison

This seminar explores the history, culture, and politics of Moscow, a metropolis of 12 million that is at once the capital of the Russian Federation and a state of its own, distinct from the rest of the country and the world.

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MUS537: Points of Focus in 20th-Century Music
Juri Seo

We examine the music of the late British composer Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012). His writings on musical inspiration and Buddhist philosophy show that he thought of composition as an act of compassion.

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MUS534: Ends and Means: Issues in Composition
Steven Mackey

The topic of this course is interdisciplinary collaboration. The motivations that are precursors to, the products resulting from, and the strategies and processes one might use to develop collaborative work are explored.

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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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MUS515: Topics in the History of Opera: The Origins of Opera
Wendy Heller

This seminar examines the origins of opera in Italy from the late sixteenth century until the inception of public opera in Venice in 1637.

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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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MUS512: Topics in Medieval Music: Anonymous 4 and the Riddle of the Magnus Liber Organi
Rob Wegman

Explores the golden age of polyphony in the 13th c., with particular attention to the many historical mysteries surrounding the repertoire.

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MUS506: Music and Materiality
Gavin Steingo

Music is a deeply material practice.

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MUS340: Advanced Concepts in Jazz Improvision: Creating Fresh Vocabulary
Rudresh Mahanthappa

This course will help students to develop new approaches as an improviser via transcribing solos of various jazz icons and analyzing their melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic content.

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MUS325: Contemporary Opera Performance
Andrew Lovett

This course presents a rare opportunity to get a close-up experience of a professional production of a new opera. Andrew Lovett's one-act opera The Analysing Engine will be performed in November.

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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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MUS310: Advanced Workshop in Musical Composition
Dan Trueman

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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MUS307: The Irish Oral Tradition
Iarla Ó Lionáird

Story, song and the written word share a common and ancient heritage in the Irish Tradition.