World Music
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Mannes Extension
Department: Music History & Appreciation
Course Number: XMHS 1275
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
An introduction and exploration of traditional musical cultures of India, Indonesia, China, Japan, Hungary, Albania, Bulgaria, and other nations having a sophisticated musical heritage. The importance of studying the musical arts of these countries lies in examining how traditions developed, and the way specific compositional elements (rhythm, form, scale, improvisation) create a style. The main objective, aside from gaining familiarity with many cultures, is to create active analytical listening and a way to approach and engage in unfamiliar traditions. Much attention will be give to how music without Western uses of harmony and counterpoint forms a language which develops specific elements far more than in Western classical music (such as rhythmic cycles in Northern Indian ragas). The student becomes more aware of the role of such compositional components and can apply them to their own practice.
Course Open to: Degree Students