Music History II provides a thorough overview of Western music during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, i.e. covering a period from c. 1580s to the 1780s. We will discuss the main forms, genres, styles, and works of the so-called Baroque, Pre-Classical and Classical periods.
A survey of Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartók, Varése, Ives, and other composers who transformed music in Europe and the United States before World War II, as well as prominent post-war figures such as Lutoslawski, Messiaen, and Carter. Topics include the changing role of the composer in society, relationships to literary and visual modernism, the evolution of musical technology, and the composer's dialogues with vernacular music and other traditions. One course.
Selected areas of "pre-tonal" music and various analytical methodologies that have been developed to understand them. Content changes, from semester to semester and with different instructors. Possible areas covered include plainchant, trouvère monophony, Machaut, 15th century polyphony, modal music of the Renaissance, early 17th century repertories. One course / 3 units.
An exploration of analytical approaches appropriate to a diversity of music, which may include settings of literary texts, pre-tonal music, and music in oral and vernacular traditions. Prerequisite: MUSIC 560 or consent of instructor. One course / 3 units.
The diverse languages of contemporary music and their roots in the early 20th century, with emphasis on the problems and continuity of musical language. Recent composers and their stylistic progenitors: for example, Ligeti, Bartók, and Berg; Carter, Schoenberg, Ives, and Copland; Crumb, Messiaen, and Webern; Cage, Varèse, Cowell, and Stockhausen. One course / 3 units.
Selected topics in composition. One course / 3 units.
The 200-year tradition of music for the piano, the evolution of the instrument, and its principal composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, and other major figures up to the present day. Performance traditions, the role of virtuosity, and improvisation. One course.
History of opera in many forms, including operetta and Broadway musical. Exploration of opera as music, image, and text, in context of changing society and political climates. Includes study of modern stagings and relevance to modern society. One course.