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MUS 515 A - Topics in Vocal Music

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Intensive or comparative study of specific repertoires of vocal music, of particular genres or styles of vocal composition or performance practice, and/or of particular vocal artists. Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: MUS 528A, graduate standing in musicology, or consent of instructor. For graduate students in Music.

Special Instructions:

TOPIC: "The Great American Songbook." The Great American Songbook is a term that encompasses thousands of songs by American songwriters who flourished in the period from about 1920 to 1960 and beyond, including George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Carolyn Leigh, Jule Styne, Fats Waller, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, Billy Strayhorn, Hoagy Carmichael, Vernon Duke, Stephen Sondheim, and many others. The repertory forms a crossroads for performers working in a wide array of musical idioms and venues: jazz, opera, cabaret, art song, gospel, R&B, rock, pop, country, musical theater, and Hollywood film. The course will explore the Songbook-s historical contexts including immigration and black migration and the consolidation of the songwriting industry in New York; engage in close analysis of music and lyrics of several dozen songs; explore a wide range of approaches

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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