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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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MUSC 142 (IT) The Conception of Death in Western Classical Music (1)

The course is intended for nonmusic majors. After an initial introduction to the vocabulary of musical phenomena (beat, rhythm, pitch, harmony, texture, form), the course will explore specific works, primarily of Western European, Russian, and American art music, that intersect with expressions of death in literature, ritual, or in a composer's own imagination. Music will be viewed as a text unto itself, as well as a means of elevating verbal text to new levels of expressiveness. Students may present more contemporary musical expressions of death in a final oral presentation.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts; Death Cluster

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Rouslin