Music 130: Introduction to European Art Music


In this course we will explore what it means to study the European musical tradition.  We will approach the diverse musics that constitute the classical tradition from a variety of scholarly perspectives. The goal of this class is to listen deeply and think broadly and to prepare you for future musical research. We will consider questions such as: what sort of object is music?  Where is it located? What does it mean to say a work is "canonic"?  What is left out of the story? How have we constructed our story? What does it mean to study music? What is the history of music a history of? A history of composers? A history of great masterpieces? We might also ask: how have people divided the musical from the non-musical? How has that changed in different periods and what can we learn from those changes?