Congratulations to Giuseppe Gerbino, Associate Professor of Historical Musicology and Chair of the Department, on winning the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Established on a donation from trustee Gerry Lenfest (Law '58), the Lenfest award recognizes faculty who demonstrate unusual merit in scholarship, university citizenship, and professional involvement. Professor Gerbino will receive an award of $25,000 per year for a three-year period.
Andrew Eggert Appointed Director of Opera Studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
New Program Announcement!
MUSI G8371 (New Seminar for Spring 2013)
Debussy and Modernism
Instructor: Prof. Benjamin Steege (bio)
Call #: 26449, 3 pts
Mondays 10:10am-12:00pm, 620 Dodge
This course engages close analytical study of selected works by Claude Debussy in conjunction with re- flections on modernism and modernity from literary- and critical – theoretical perspectives. A primary goal is to develop interpretive approaches that take rigorous account of how Debussy might be understood as “modernist” in the first place, and what “modernism” might mean in this context – questions that have been surprisingly little addressed in extant literature on the composer. Readings include work of Charles Baude- laire, Walter Benjamin, Hugo Friedrich, Paul de Man, Michel Foucault, Matei Calinescu, Barbara Johnson, T. J. Clark, and Jonathan Crary. Presentation and paper.
MUSI W4442/RUSSIAN 84442 (New Course for Spring 2013)
Musical Exoticisms of the Former Soviet Union
Instructor: Maria Sonevytsky (Postdoctoral Fellow, Harriman Institute)
Call #: 23331, 3 pts,
Thursdays, 10:10am-12:00pm, 701A Dodge
In this course, we explore musical discourses of “civilization” and “barbarism” with a focus on examples from Ukraine, Russia, and Central Asia. The historical scope of the class includes key moments since the 18th century through the present day. Topics will include music of the “Gypsies,” Klezmer and Yiddish songs, music of the Carpathian Mountains, Crimean Tatars, Uzbeks, Siberian shamans, renowned Soviet composers, Eurovisions contestants, and Post-Soviet African-Ukrainiam hip-hop artists.
MUSI W4126 (NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2013)
European Music in America (1825-1950)
Instructor: Davide Ceriani (bio)
Call #: 76497, 3 pts
MW 2:40pm-3:55pm, 622 Dodge
The aim of this course is to provide a deeper understanding of the musical interactions between Europe and the United States from the first performance of an Italian opera sung in its original language in America (Gioachino Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, 1825) until Arnold Schoenberg's death in Los Angeles in 1951. The course will address issues such as identity and cultural pride through music, the concept of a musical canon in America, and reception of European culture in the United States.
MUSI W4102 (NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2013)
The Music and Writings of Wagner
Instructor: Walter Frisch (bio)
Call #: 96756, 3 pts
MW 10:10am-11:25am, 814 Dodge
The development of Wagner's musical-dramatic style and critical thought, with special reference to The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, Die Walküre, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal, as well as selected prose writings in translation.
AFAS W4031/MUSI 84031
NEW COURSE for SPRING 2013!
Popular Music and Protest Movements
Instructor: Prof. Kevin Fellezs (bio)
Call #: 61032, 3 pts,
758 Schermerhorn Extension
“Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." Jimi Hendrix This course will examine the relationship between popular music and popular movements in various historical and social contexts with an emphasis on African American musicians and political issues. We will trace various legacies within popular music that fall under the rubric of "protest music" as well as to think about the ways in which popular music has assisted various commu- nities to speak truth to power. We will also consider the ways in which the impact of the music industry has either lessened or enhanced popular music ?s ability to articulate "protest" or "resistance."
The Department of Music warmly congratulates Professor Kevin Fellezs, whose book, Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion, is this year's Co-Winner of the International Association For Popular Music's Woody Guthrie Book Award. In making the award, The awards committee observed, in making the award, it considers Birds of Fire "the most accomplished monograph of the contenders. It is an engaging, well researched and argued interdisciplinary study of a long vilified musical movement . . . [and] a crucial contribution to jazz studies and rock studies, but most importantly it de-stablilizes the concept of genre itself."