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M-LT 71152 - Program Music
This course explores the use of untexted programs in instrumental music from the Western Classical tradition. The course is set in three units, beginning with an exploration of “imitative” program music from eras preceding the Romantic period. Next is a discussion of the changing mindset around program music from an imitative art to an expressive one, based on key shifts in philosophy and practice that originated around the turn of the nineteenth century. The final unit will consider the use of “expressive” programs in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including programs that were written out by the composer (e.g., Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique), and those that were based on less tangible manifestations of programmaticism (e.g., Listz’s Les Preludes). Also considered are the ways programmatic music impacted standing conventions (e.g., the use of traditional forms, like sonata form, in Mahler’s Symphony No. 1), or facilitated the exploration of new compositional avenues (e.g., John Adam’s use of a program in his Postminimal music, including Short Ride in a Fast Machine).

Prerequisites (( M-SK 2102 / Lecture <min credit = 2.00> and M-LT 2102 / Lecture <min credit = 3.00> ) or ( M-EX 5107 / Placement Exam or M-SK 8101 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> or M-SK 8101 / Remedial <min credit = 1.00> ))
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Fees N/A
Credits 2.00
Credit Types Credit

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