MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Music and National Identity.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Undergraduates only.
May be repeated for credit.
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With the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth century, individuals increasingly defined themselves by membership in a more or less ethnically and culturally homogenous nation-state. Musicians and other artists naturally were influenced by this development, creating works that aimed to reflect a distinctively national character and that, in turn, often helped to shape the collective consciousness of the nation. This course explores the role of music in the creation of such a national identity, placing an emphasis on the art-music tradition of Europe and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also considering some popular music as well. Grappling with fundamental questions surrounding such concepts as nationhood and nation building, the course will highlight the degree to which musical works often assumed a nationalist guise beyond the apparent intentions of the composer. Among the many case studies will be considerations of Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, post-9/11 America, and contemporary China, along with discussions of the music by several major composers of the time period from Beethoven to Tan Dun. Students will be expected to give one or two response papers based on assigned readings and to devise a topic in consultation with the instructor that will serve as the basis of a research paper and a more substantive in-class presentation. This course is open to LSA music students and to undergraduates in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, though non-music students with an extensive musical background may enroll with permission of the instructor.

MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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