MUSICOL 647 - 20th C Music
Winter 2017, Section 001 - Music under Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes
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Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Music under Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes. This seminar begins with a general examination of the theoretical texts concerning culture under totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, and considers their goals and tactics. It then proceeds to examine the most prominent examples in the 20th century, concentrating on Europe but also considering other relevant regimes. There will be weekly class discussions of the assigned reading as well as regular research reports by seminar members. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their reports (4 or 5 each during the semester), their class participation, and their final research papers.

Course Requirements:

There will be weekly discussions, readings, and reports, in addition to a final term paper.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students only.

Class Format:



MUSICOL 647 - 20th C Music
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Note: This graduate seminar will consider the amplified guitar from a variety of perspectives. As a group and at the beginning of the term, members will cover fundamental historical and technical topics, including the instrument?s history beginning with the era of acoustic recording, through the invention and commercial production of the electromagnetic pickup and amplifiers, up to today?s designs; instrument manufacture, marketing, and sales; analog and digital processing and the myriad ways electric guitar signals are reshaped and augmented (electric guitarists will be encouraged to discuss their gear, solid-state and/or tube amplification provided in the classroom); key recordings, recordists, styles, and approaches; guitarists on television and in film. As the term continues, the seminar will focus on the cultural meaning of the amplified guitar, its music and players. Seminar members will be encouraged to develop innovative topics and approaches, and conduct original research. Subjects of exploration are impossible to anticipate, but might touch on matters of virtuosity, affect, fandom, virtual learning (YouTube and online tutorials), the amplified guitar in global contexts, the material culture or iconography of the electric guitar. Students will be expected to make regular and useful contributions to the work of the seminar and undertake original, interdisciplinary research. They may anticipate substantial reading, music-listening, and viewing assignments; two oral presentations and two papers (approx. 20 pp. each) due at midterm and the end of the semester. Should a waiting list form, the instructor reserves the right to determine admissibility.

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