MUSICOL 505 - Special Course
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Music, Capitalism, and its Critics
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Other Course Info:
Undergraduate students elect MUSICOL 405.
May be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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Today, music is a commodity. It is bought and sold, marketed and consumed. This class asks how music first entered the marketplace and probes alternatives to this system. We consider how in the age of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, composers became business people, a trend that continued in the careers of composers such as Chopin and Schumann in the 1800s. We next consider criticisms of music and capitalism, with a special focus on music under communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Finally, we will ask how market forces shape the classical music world today, investigating the centrality of philanthropy and entrepreneurship in the present. This is a discussion-based course and students are expected to actively participate in course meetings. To hone skills in listening to and thinking about music, students will read academic articles, listen to notated and non-notated music, and complete both formal and informal written assignments.


MUSICOL 505 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
Note: Registration for this class will close on September 4th, 2022.

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