Spring 2008

Music and Culture III

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-23


Jenny L. Kallick (Section 01)


One of three courses in which music from both Western and world repertoires is studied in relation to pertinent historical, theoretical, and cultural issues. We will focus on musical responses to war in the twentieth century. Signature works include Maurice Ravel's La Valse, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Dmitri Shostakovich's Babi Yar, Krzysztof Penderecki's Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and John Adams's Wound Dresser. Attendance at concerts in New York, Boston, and/or New Haven as well as in Amherst will provide opportunities to hear live performances. This course may be elected individually or in conjunction with other Music and Culture courses (Music 21 and 22). Two class meetings per week. Requisite: Reading knowledge of music or consent of the instructor. Second semester. Professor Kallick.