Explorations in Musicology|
What is musicology? How and why do scholars write about music? This course will address the issues involved in making music a scholarly object of enquiry and will examine the methods by which its history has been constructed. Our approach to these issues will take as a central point of reference one main topic--the idea of the musical work. This topic will serve as a prism through which musicological debate can be understood. Students will be introduced to various contemporary and historical issues in musicology and the theoretical background behind research methodologies. Topics covered will include musical analysis, contrasting approaches to the history of music and musicians, archival research, manuscript study, editing, canonicity, reception history, historiography, and performance studies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
(Purchase not required)
Joseph Kerman, CONTEMPLATING MUSIC: CHALLENGES TO MUSICOLOGY (1985)
Jean-Jacques Nattiez, MUSIC AND DISCOURSE: TOWARD A SEMIOLOGY OF MUSIC, translated by Carolyn Abbate (1990)
Katherine Bergeron and Philip Bohlman, eds., DISCIPLINING MUSIC: MUSICOLOGY AND ITS CANONS (1992)
Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist, eds., RETHINKING MUSIC (1999)
Nicholas Cook and Eric Clarke, eds., EMPIRICAL MUSICOLOGY: AIMS, METHODS, PROSPECTS (2004)
Richard Taruskin, THE OXFORD HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC (2006)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Research exercises in library; weekly presentations on assigned topics; case studies; two 3,000-word papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Experience reading, performing, analyzing Western Art Music needed.
|Instructor(s): Alden,Jane Times: ...W... 09:00AM-12:00PM; Location: MST301; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 10||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: 10||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|