Twentieth-Century Composers: From Stravinsky to Philip Glass
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NMUS 3740
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Music History, Theory & Criticism
In 1913, audience members booed Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, unprepared for his innovative score. Sixty years later, thanks to the groundbreaking work of Stravinsky and other composers, audiences were able to immediately appreciate Philip Glass' Einstein on the Beach. This course is a journey through the compositional styles of the last century, with particular attention to Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Cage, Zappa, Glass, Sondheim, and Laurie Anderson.Through recordings and demonstrations on the piano, the class examines how these composers expanded our musical vocabulary and taught us new ways to listen. To offer a broader cultural framework, two class sessions focusing on the architecture of the same period are taught online by the instructor of NARH 3861.
Course Open to: Degree Students