Music in Western Culture

For the non-music major. This course will examine the socio-cultural influences on music from antiquity to modern times. The music of each period will be examined in terms of its stylistic characteristics, its performance practices and its function within the society. Selected genres, composers and musical form will be studied through directed listening sessions. Special attention will be given to the aesthetic ideas that shaped the music of each period. (Not offered 2022-23).

1 to 2 units

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Explore the socio-cultural influences on music based on the time period, its stylistic characteristics, performance practices and its function within the society from antiquity to modern times. Selected genres, composers and musical form will be studied through directed listening sessions.
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