Introduction to Experimental Music|
This course is a survey of recent electronic and instrumental works, with emphasis on the works of American composers. Starting with early experimentalists John Cage and Henry Cowell, germinal works of Earl Brown, Christian Wolff, and Morton Feldman will be studied; followed by more recent electronic and minimal works of La Monte Young, Terry Riley, David Behrman, Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk; finishing with younger crossover composers, including Laurie Anderson, Glenn Branca, John Zorn, and others. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, and performances, occasionally by guest lecturers.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: (If discrepancies exist between major readings in Wesmaps and the results generated by the Text Book Information link, defer to the readings posted in Broad Street Books.)|
Text Book Information
Alvin Lucier, MUSC 109, 1st ed., Wesleyan University Press, ISBN-10: 0819572977
Michael Nyman, EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, ISBN-10: 0521653835
John Cage, SILENCE, 50th Anniversary Ed., Wesleyan University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8195-7176-2
|Examination and Assignments: |
Five quizzes on specific topics and composers. One research paper. One final exam. Periodic listening tests.
|Instructor(s): Matthusen,Paula Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 20|