Music | The Cool and the Weird
Z320 | 5751 | Burkett


American composer Evan Ziporyn claims that contemporary composers write
music out of a desire "to dig deep within ourselves, to excavate
beneath our petty experiences, ideas, etc. in search of the cool and
the weird."  This class will offer an introduction to a broad sampling
of twentieth-century art music, including the cool (John Zorn's
Spillane, Steve Reich's Different Trains, Duke Ellington's Black and
Tan Fantasy), the weird (John Cage's 4'33'', Frank Zappa's Lumpy Gravy,
Karlheinz Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet), and the relatively
mainstream (Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Debussy's Afternoon of a
Faun).  Students will be evaluated on the basis of weekly listening
quizzes, essays, and class participation.  No previous musical
experience is required.