MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Kunqu
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Undergraduates only.
Other Course Info:
Graduate students elect MUSICOL 505.
May be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces students to kunqu, a 600- years-old but still vibrant genre of Chinese opera. Declared in 2001 a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Mankind, kunqu entertains with dramatic stories, literary lyrics, flowing melodies, and elegant dances, stimulating audience understandings about human joy and suffering. This course unfolds in three stages. The first part (Jan 5-Feb 15) surveys the genre’s history. The second part (Feb 16 through March 15) examines a number of masterpieces (scenes) and concludes with students’ mid-term presentations. The third part (Mar 16 through April 19) examines kunqu as a cultural and social performance with three contemporary kunqu shows. The course concludes with student analyses. Each student will analyze a kunqu scene of their choice, implementing analytical methods that they find appropriate.


MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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