213 Syllabus fall 06.1

213 Syllabus fall 06.1 - MUSIC 213 HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC...

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MUSIC 213 HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC FALL 2006 Meetings: Lectures: M, W 12:30 - 1:50; F 12:00 - 12:50 Location: Ewell 151 Instructor: James Armstrong Office: Ewell 153 (221-1085; E-mail: jiarms@facstaff.wm.edu) Office Hour: Friday, 1-2 and by appointment Prerequisites: None Textbooks: Joseph Kerman and Gary Tomlinson. Listen: Brief Fifth Edition . Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. [copy on reserve in the Music Library] Set of six compact disks to accompany Listen. [copy on reserve in the Music Library] (For optional historical source readings coordinated with the Listen assignments see attached assignment sheet: recommended for music majors) Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin, eds. Music in the Western World: A History In Documents. New York: Schirmer Books, 1984. [ML 160 M865 1984; three copies are on reserve in the Music Library] OBJECTIVES: As the title of our textbook suggests, the alpha and omega in this course will be listening—close, careful and repeated listening. The purpose of this course is to encourage and increase familiarity with the tradition of Western “classical” music and to strengthen your capacity to listen critically and with understanding through the study of representative works. As a means to that end, we will study the principal forms and genres associated with each of six historical style periods from the ninth century to the end of the twentieth century. You will learn to recognize style characteristics associated with a given period or composer and will become conversant with the basic terminology of music. We will examine representative works of art both as independent, self-contained conceptions and as creations belonging to a larger historical, intellectual, political and social context. Optional source reading assignments (recommended particularly for music majors) from Weiss/Taruskin, Music in the Western World , provide further contextualization of the music we are studying. These optional readings—keyed to your required assignments in Listen— are appended to your syllabus. We will be cultivating many different ways of listening—ways that draw on your analytical skills, affective awareness and historical knowledge. The kind of close listening required to become intimately acquainted with a piece of music is best done in many shorter sessions on a daily basis (rather than all at once prior to a test). As you progress to new pieces continue to review old pieces. Multiple hearings over a period of weeks will yield the most positive results. Take special advantage of the listening charts that appear in your book. They are most useful in their electronic form, which has the great advantage that it
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213 Syllabus fall 06.1 - MUSIC 213 HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC...

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