Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016
MUS 304 Music History IV: Western Art Music from 1900-Present
3 hours; 3credits
A survey of Western art music in Europe and the Americas from the last decade of the nineteenth century through the current day. Students will study the history of modernist and post-modernist music and its evolution through time, as well as the cultural and political events that helped shape and were shaped by this music. Discussions will include the development of various musical styles and compositional procedures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will gain familiarity with composers whose works epitomize and were key to the development of modernist music. The course will examine the roles that nationalism, world politics, gender, and race played in the shaping and evolution of the Western art-music canon.
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