Music Since 1900

MHS 426
Music Since 1900

Registration for this class has closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

June 27–August 3, 2022 / Monday, Wednesday, 2–4:30 p.m.
Room: NSL 404

Anthony LaLena 

In this course we will study the history of Western classical music from 1900 to the present. Beginning with turn-of-the-century movements like expressionism and impressionism, we will trace the many streams of twentieth- and twenty-first-century music and other arts, drawing meaningful historical connections to our present musical culture. We will also seek to develop a more nuanced understanding of contradictions that define Modernism and Postmodernism in turning a critical eye to various musical practices. Musicians to be studied include Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Duke Ellington, Oliver Messiaen, Alberto Ginastera, Julius Eastman, Chen Yi, and more. Themes include but are not limited to: music and politics; issues of race, gender, and class; exoticism and nationalism; postcolonialism and the interaction of Western and non-Western music. Projects will include short informal writing assignments, in-class group discussions, and optional in-class performances. For the final project, students will have the option of a traditional research paper or a performance-based final presentation.

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Class begins Monday, June 27 at 2 p.m.
Last scheduled activity: Class ends Wednesday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m.

$5.460 / 3 credits     MHS 426-1

“Anthony is a really personable teacher. I loved being in his class and seeing how passionate he is about modern music. Learning the content was enjoyable and I really liked the way he structured his lectures and his activities. The expectations of the course were incredibly clear and concise, and it made the class very feasible and gave me confidence in my ability to succeed.” — 2021 Eastman student