In this seminar, we will explore the intersections of music and travel in the long 19th century. In addition to studying how travel inspired composers and performers, we will also discuss the role of musical tourism in the development of Classical and Romantic styles. Readings include interdisciplinary research in musical travel, mobility theory, and the correspondence of musical tourists. Sessions include the travels of Mozart and Haydn; musical tourism after the fall of Napoleon; the Byronic travels linking Liszt, Berlioz, and Paganini; virtual tourism in opera staging; social and geographic mobility in the careers of Joplin and Gottschalk; the musical travelers at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle; and the transatlantic connections of Dvořák, Burleigh, and Macdowell. Assignments include reading responses, listening journals, and a final project to be presented to the seminar.


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.


New online format for TH117! The first semester of an accelerated review course designed for graduate students who are found to be deficient on the entrance theory placement examination. With a focus on 18th-century diatonic procedures, the course integrates conceptual and aural components of music theory, including writing, analysis, listening, singing, keyboard, and model improvisation.