America Sings: From Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NMUS 3560
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Music History, Theory & Criticism
This course explores the diverse world of American song. Major composers studied include Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. We examine their lives and their individual stylistic development. The course includes frequent in-class performances by the instructor and guest vocal artists, as well as periodic use of film excerpts to highlight various songs and their composers. Critical and biographical readings provide students with the necessary foundation for a thorough examination of this extraordinary subfield of American music history.
Course Open to: Degree Students