Honors | Honors Seminar in Music: The 20th Century Symphony (MUS)
N399 | 9611 | Alan Theisen
This analysis-focused course investigates the form and style of
selected orchestral compositions from the 20th century designated by
their composers as "symphonies" (or some variant on that term).
The following questions will be considered throughout the semester:
In what ways do these pieces reflect continuations of (or
deformations of) 19th-century symphonic form conceptualizations? Is
the Modernist "emancipation of discourse" capable of sustaining
large-scale formal units? How do contemporary harmonic languages
impact our perception of musical form? How can understanding the
form of a modern symphony affect our performance or interpretation
of that composition?
Composers whose works will be discussed include Mahler, Ives,
Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Stravinsky,
Hindemith, Honegger, Persichetti, Schuman, Bernstein, Copland,
Sessions, Martin, Szymanowski, Creston, Khachaturian, Lutoslawski,
Dutilleux, Berio, Adams, and Carter.