RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
Section: 001 From the New York Philharmonic to the YouTube Symphony: Classical Music in America
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
An in-depth aesthetic, historical, and musical analysis of several significant masterworks from a given period or style of music.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will focus on several important aspects of the classical music scene in America from its nascency to present day. More specifically, it will explore the importance of American musical institutions, and the tension and collaboration enacted between individual mavericks and collective institutions. Indeed, these two organizing principles running parallel to one another: the relationships between institutions (orchestras, opera companies, unions, presenting organizations, festivals, and even the government) and individuals (conductors, performers, entrepreneurs, and composers) are an important and remarkable aspect of the American musical story. The course does not require fluency in musical notation or analysis.

Students will be expected to read the assigned readings before class and listen to musical examples provided on CTools. If possible, we will also arrange for a collective field trip that will include a tour of the University Musical Society, a discussion with leading arts managers, and a concert.

RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0393330559
Classical music in America : a history, Author: Horowitz, Joseph, 1948-, Publisher: W. W. Norton 2007
ISBN: 9780393021691
Orpheus in the New World; the symphony orchestra as an American cultural institution., Author: Hart, Philip, 1914-2000., Publisher: W. W. Norton 1973
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