What effect did the invention of photography, the light bulb, an accurate clock have on musicians? What difference did it make whether they were living in a monarchy or a democracy or under a dictator? This course will examine specific composers from the 14th to the 20th century who broke free from prevailing traditions and were forward looking. We will seek to understand how they were products of their time and place. Our sources for discussions will be recorded music, live concerts, readings about the composers (and otherís reactions to them), and films.