MUS 418 B - Regional Studies in Musicology
Seminar devoted to intensive study in the music of specific peoples, states, or geographic regions from around the world. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 undergraduate hours if topic varies. Prerequisite: MUS 313 and MUS 314; junior standing; or consent of instructor.
Topic: "EURASIAN MUSICAL EXCURSIONS." Startling vocal polyphonies and shimmering string ensembles. Gymnastic dancing and chivalric epics. Mythologies of musical magic and medicine. Songs of valor, love, and anguish. This interdisciplinary course explores the legacy of traditional musical life in Armenia, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine-four contemporary Eurasian countries that are, on the one hand, nations with lengthy and complex political histories, and on the other, recently established post-Soviet states that are also the site of ongoing strife and ethnic conflict. Although the syllabus is organized by country, at least five factors will emerge as intercultural links across this complicated area: shared Christian heritage; a history of sharply delineated gender codes; a legacy of Russian and Soviet imperialism; the contemporary experience of postsocialism on the cusp of a rapidly changing Asia, Europe, and Middle East; and cultural repositories of indigenous beliefs whose folkloric
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Course Level: Graduate