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Lawrence Starr
MUHST 423
Seattle Campus

Twentieth-Century Music to 1945

Intensive study of selected composers and works exemplifying the new vocabularies, grammars, and styles of the early part of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in each of MUHST 210, MUSIC 303, and MUSIC 306.

Class description

Students will study in depth five works by five different composers. This will immerse them in issues of style, form, and coherence that surround the music of modernism and of the period between the World Wars in Europe and in the United States.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion group: students are expected to know the material being studied, and to participate in class discussions of the music.

Recommended preparation

Completion of prerequisites (see above), and a deep interest in the music of the 20th century.

Class assignments and grading

Listening and analysis for in-class discussions. Three short papers (about 1200 words each), with options available to write one short and one longer paper, or to present one short paper as an oral presentation to the class.

Being a productive participant in class is expected, along with the successful completion of all written assignments.


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 Lawrence Starr
Date: 07/23/1998