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M-LT 71330 - Musical Responses to the 2nd World War
This course will consider the musical output of a representative sample of composers working at the time of the second World War. The often highly complex music of composers from Italy, France, Germany, England, and the United States will be considered both as part of their compositional output and as an expression of their convictions, beliefs, and circumstances during the war. Music will include Dallapiccola’s Canti di prigionia (Songs of Imprisonment), Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Webern’s late cantatas opp.29 and 31—written together with mystical poet Hildegard Jone, Britten’s Peter Grimes and pieces written after his shocking visit to the Belsen concentration camp, and Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time. We will end with some of the quintessentially American music of the war years, ranging from Copland’s Appalachian Spring to swing music and popular songs.

Prerequisites ( M-SK 5103 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> and ( M-EX 5103 / Placement Exam or M-LT 8102 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> ))
Corequisites N/A
Fees N/A
Credits 3.00
Credit Types Credit

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