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MUS 390

Music History Topics

Investigations of specialized topics in music history with a consideration of musicological methodology. These courses expand upon the historical issues discussed in MUS 230 and/or MUS 334. Recent offerings have included Beethoven, Mozart, Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Opera, Mahler and His Time, Das Lied, Music for the Mass, Improvisation in Western Art Music, and Chamber Music of the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
MUS 230 and MUS 334 or consent of instructor 1/2-1 course

Current Semester Information

Matthew Balensuela

390A: Tps:American Music

Tps:American Music

This class surveys American classical music from the late nineteenth century through the current day. Special attention is paid to the institutions, ideologies, and politics that shaped the Second New England School of composers, the "Indianist" movement, jazz-infused classical music, "Ultramodernism," musical populism, American 12-tone music, aleatoric music, minimalism, and post-minimalism. Students will complete a research paper on a topic in American music.