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20th Century: The Crisis of Tonality: Music at an Impasse

Cost
540.00

Available Section

Offered for
Autumn
Section
24A1
Schedule
Day
Thu
Times
09:30 am—12:45 pm
Dates
Type
Discussion
Location
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
Taught by
Charles Elder, Amy Thomas Elder
Section Notes
Course Syllabus

We will look at some of the momentous innovations in classical music in the twentieth century, specifically in respect to tonality and problems of “form”: in the seminar, as viewed by three major composers—Arnold Schoenberg, Aaron Copland, and George Rochberg—and framed through Roger Scruton’s foundational, provocative book, Understanding Music; in the tutorial, as imaginatively configured through Thomas Mann’s great novel, Doctor Faustus. Some familiarity with modern classical music is essential. (Musical expertise will be appreciated.)

Recommended—highly—for historical background: Ross, Alex, The Rest is Noise. ISBN 978-0312427719

Notes

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