Huck J Hodge
Analytical examination of the work of a major composer of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: MUSIC 574 or permission of instructor.
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.
MUSIC 574 is recommended. Students should have an extensive exposure to 20th century music.
Class assignments and grading