Music and Modernism

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.

Analysis of Early Music

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.

Piano Music

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.