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.
|MUS 230 and MUS 334 or consent of instructor||1/2-1 course|
Spring Semester informationCarla Edwards
390A: Tps:American Portraits
Tps:Meet the Composer - American and Latin American Portraits
20th and 21st Century Composers: John Cage, Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra and Gabriela Lena Frank. This class will be an exploration into the lives, style, and music of these well known composers. Studies will include analysis, listening examples, films, and actual performances of selected works by each composer.
Fall Semester informationElissa Harbert
390A: Tps:History of American Musical Theater
For over 150 years, musical theater has been one of America's most popular forms of entertainment. After exploring its origins in ballad opera, operetta, minstrelsy, and vaudeville, we will delve into selected musicals from Show Boat to The Book of Mormon, examining how their music, lyrics, and narratives interact with cultural issues of their times. By considering their often problematic messages about race, ethnicity, gender, class, national politics, and other societal issues, students will develop a deep understanding of musical theater's position in U.S. society as well as its musico-dramatic conventions. Prerequisite: MUS 230 and MUS 334 or consent of instructor.