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Huck J Hodge
MUSIC 577
Seattle Campus

Composers of the Twentieth Century

Analytical examination of the work of a major composer of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: MUSIC 574, or permission of instructor.

Class description

This will be a seminar on the movement often described as "American Experimentalism". The course will begin with an examination of the "ground soil" for the Experimentalist movement - Emerson, Thoreau, William James, John Dewey - before moving into the writings of Charles Ives and Harry Partch. Analysis of works by these composers as well as works by such composers as Conlon Nancarrow and James Tenney will follow. Finally, we consider the meaning of the term "Experimentalism", whether it is an apt description of aesthetic practice and its social, political and philosophical significance in relation to other Avant-garde movements.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course is a seminar. Active participation in discussion of the readings, an analytical presentation and paper.

Recommended preparation

MUSIC 574 is recommended. Students should have an extensive exposure to 20th century music.

Class assignments and grading


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 Huck J Hodge
Date: 11/28/2012