MUS 226

Twentieth-Century Music Through Film

This introductory survey introduces students to twentieth-century European and North American classical music by exploring the use of major twentieth-century musical styles and individual works in movies. Students develop analytical tools to understand and communicate effectively about a wide range of compositional languages, while also considering how particular styles and compositions are put into dialogue with a film?s visual, narrative, and affective content. Composers who wrote specifically for movies, such as Aaron Copland, Bernard Herrmann, and Philip Glass, are considered alongside those such as Bela Bartok and Gyorgy Ligeti, whose works were appropriated by directors.

Prerequisites: Students who have MUS 226 transfer credit may not take this course. Students who have taken or will take MUS 333 should speak to the instructor before registering for MUS 226.