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Jonathan W Bernard
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

Anticipating only slightly the 100th anniversary of a famous 1913 premiere, this offering of Music 577 will focus on a single work: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). Everything about Le Sacre will be of potential interest in this course: its context, both in the broader cultural sense and in Stravinsky's development as a composer; its choreography, then and now; its deep impact on the history of musical composition in the 20th century; and its equally deep impact on the history of 20th-century musical analysis.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be conducted as a seminar, with all students expected to participate in discussion on a regular basis.

Recommended preparation

Music 471 will constitute sufficient preparation for this course. Students who have not taken 471, or who believe they may have equivalent experience or preparation, should consult with the instructor before the first meeting of the course.

Class assignments and grading

Assigned reading will engage all the topic areas suggested in the course description above and, most likely, a good deal more besides. Students should also expect regular analysis assignments ranging in scope from broad considerations to close study of specific passages. Each student in the seminar will be required to make one oral presentation, which will form the basis of his/her final paper.

Contribution to discussion, quality of presentation, and quality of final paper are all counted toward the grade in this course.


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: 10/27/2011