Students should contact the departmental representative with course-related questions.

Music

Departmental Representative:
Professor George Lewis
615 Dodge Hall
212-854-5837
gl2140@columbia.edu

Summer 2015

Music

  • MUSI . Avant-garde Composers of NYC: From John Cage to John Zorn. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of to

    In this course, we will focus on the works of experimental composers in the diverse musical scene of NYC during the second half of the 20th century. We will explore pieces that revolutionized the musical world by challenging the conception of the boundaries of musical sound in different ways. We will trace the common aspects and conflicting issues between communities of artists in the city, focusing on the changing roles of the composer, performer, and audience; the crossing of boundaries between the arts, as well as between the artistic and mundane.

  • MUSI S3630D. Recorded Sound. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 26 to Jul 02

    Prerequisites: Instructor's permission required

    Main objective is to gain a familiarity with and understanding of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering of recorded music and sounds using Pro Tools software. Discusses the history of recorded production, microphone technique, and the idea of using the studio as an instrument for the production and manipulation of sound.

    Music Humanities

  • HUMA S1123D. Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 26 to Jul 02

    Equivalent to Music F1123 and C1123. Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, Music Humanities aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. Its specific goals are to awaken and encourage in students an appreciation of music in the Western world, to help them learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage them in the various debates about the character and purposes of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since ancient times. The course attempts to involve students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts that the students attend and write about. The extraordinary richness of musical life in New York is thus an integral part of the course. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, among others. No previous knowledge of music required. Space is limited. Columbia University undergraduates who need this course for graduation are encouraged to register during early registration.

  • HUMA S1123Q. Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jul 06 to Aug 14

    Equivalent to Music F1123 and C1123. Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, Music Humanities aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. Its specific goals are to awaken and encourage in students an appreciation of music in the Western world, to help them learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage them in the various debates about the character and purposes of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since ancient times. The course attempts to involve students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts that the students attend and write about. The extraordinary richness of musical life in New York is thus an integral part of the course. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, among others. No previous knowledge of music required. Space is limited. Columbia University undergraduates who need this course for graduation are encouraged to register during early registration.

  • The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.