The American Musical
For Fall 2013:
Call Number: 21919
Instructor: Prof. Walter Frisch
622 Dodge Hall
Musical theater is one of America ?s most vital and important art forms. Several of its major creators studied at Columbia, including Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Kander, and Fred Ebb. This course will present a historical survey of American musical theater from its origins in late nineteenth-century; through the musicals of figures like Kern, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein; through Sondheim and the "megamusical" of Lloyd Webber. Focus will be on selected shows,through which broader cultural and musical trends will be examined.
Reading ability of music and some theoretical knowledge is required.
Silence (new course for Fall 2013!)
FALL 2013 info:
Call Number: 67902
814 Dodge Hall
In our daily lives, we hear concomitant fluxes and negotiations of frequencies, of noises, of aural spaces, some seemingly organized, others seemingly chaotic. How do we become attuned to processing the myriad of acoustic information that envelops us? What might it mean to "hear without listening," and what are the consequences? Throughout this course, we address these questions and others that arise by thinking through the relationship of silence and its "other." Often, silence is defined in the negative sense-by its assumed opposites such as sound, noise, music, and voice. Decentering the notion of silence as absence, our discussions will draw from interdisciplinary sources and thus be framed by theories of silence and the presence of silence as sensible, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, stylistic, political, and ethical. Theorizing silence in these ways, we will work to understand silence not as the binary opposite of audible expressions, but rather as regulations of them, at times being the impetus for their emergence(s).
Seminar in Historical Musicology: The Middle Ages
Call number: 88961
701A Dodge Hall
Whether sensuous or abstract, angelic or demonic, the idea and experience of music were vividly portrayed in medieval art. This seminar on the meanings of music in medieval visual culture will examine the elusive relationship between sound and image. Some of the topics to be addressed include the symbolic uses of music and musicians in the visual arts; the illustration of music manuscripts (such as the Cantigas de Santa Maria); the role of musical ideas in the construction of images (such as the capitals of the modes from Cluny); the place of acoustics in church design; and visual aspects of medieval soundscapes. We will read the work of medievalists in several disciplines as well as scholarship from other contexts (such as Bonnie Wade's Imaging Sound). Some class meetings will take place at the Metropolitan Museum and the Cloisters.
Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships-Lecturerships in Music at Columbia University
The Columbia University Department of Music invites applications for Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships for a period of two years, to begin July 1, 2014. Appointment will be at the rank of Mellon Teaching Fellow/Lecturer. Ph.D. or equivalent required. The degree must have been received between 1 January 2010 and 1 July 2014. Fellows will be expected to do research, participate in the academic life of the Department of Music, and teach one class per semester in each of the two years (three in Columbia's Core Curriculum and one in the candidate's area of specialization).
Review of applications begins on October 11, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information and to apply, please visit:
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Are you considering applying to one of Columbia University's PhD or DMA programs in Music (Historical Musicology, Music Theory, Ethnomusicology, or Composition) in 2013 (for matriculation in 2014)?
If so, please make sure you read the information at this link very carefully and before contacting anyone in the Department.
The deadline for applications to any of our doctoral programs is typically December 15, and will be formally announced soon.
Be advised: all four areas of the Department are admitting doctoral students this year for admission in September, 2014. This includes the Ethnomusicology PhD program, which is admitting a cohort of new students this year for 2014 matriculation. However, the Ethnomusicology program is unlikely to be admitting a cohort in 2014 for 2015 admission.