Much of what we think we know about anything is shaped by the categories into which blocks of information are crammed. The process of stereotyping whole expanses of human activity by means of convenient categorization, both in musical and, more generally, cultural history (what we sometimes call “pigeonholing”), can bring about a clouded, even wildly distorted perception of the work of an individual composer; a specific genre; an entire style; or an entire group of people.


Polyphonic practice of the late baroque: writing of two- and three-part compositions in a variety of genres (baroque dances, inventions, preludes, fugues). Prerequisite: MUSIC 461 or consent of instructor. One course.

Composition II

Same as MUSIC 381S, in tutorial format. Individual lessons in compositional techniques. See MUSIC 151 or 151A. Prerequisites: MUSIC 261, 361, and 281S or 281T or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have taken MUSIC 381S. One course.