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Jonathan W Bernard
MUSIC 571
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Serialism

Advanced theoretical and analytical work in serialism and other nontonal systems. Prerequisite: MUSIC 471, or equivalent.

Class description

This sequel to Music 471 will focus on developments in European and American serial music from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Music by Messiaen, Boulez, Stockhausen, Babbitt, Stravinsky, and (possibly) Berio and Nono will be studied.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Enrollees can expect a seminar format, with a mixture of presentations by the instructor and the students.

Recommended preparation

Music 471 or the equivalent. Prospective enrollees who have not had 471 but who have equivalent preparation (including a basic understanding of pitch-class set theory and twelve-tone theory) should consult with the instructor before the first meeting of the course.

Class assignments and grading

Reading and analysis.

Class participation; presentation; final paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jonathan W Bernard
Date: 05/09/2011