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MUS 524 A - Sem in Wrks of Select Composer - Seminar in Works of Composer

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Intensive historical and analytical study of the works of important composers; each term devoted to one composer. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 16. (Summer session, 2 or 4 graduate hours). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in musicology or consent of instructor. Graduate students in music will be considered if they passed MUS 528A (consult Class Schedule for specific section information).

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Topic: "THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM." This course explores the musical theater of Stephen Sondheim, from page to stage and screen. To understand what makes Sondheim-s work distinctive, we will focus on several key shows, read libretti, study lyrics and piano-vocal scores, watch productions, listen to cast albums and other performances, and read commentary on his work. Works to be explored will include "Gypsy," "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods," "Assassins," and others as time allows. We will come to grips with recurring themes and musical approaches in his work; the nature of his collaborations with other musical theater artists, including performers, directors, producers, and writers; and the range of interpretation that those collaborators and others have brought to the shows. Requirements will include thorough preparation and active participation in class, short writing assignments, and a final project that will include research, cre

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Summer


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