Experimental Music and the Avant Garde

Music Theory 373

Usual Description

The course explores musical practices that have been understood as “avant garde” from the late 19th century to the present. Specific musical techniques and the broader aesthetic projects of a variety of innovative musical styles are investigated through close study of recordings, scores and readings. Some topics include: late works of Beethoven and Liszt (explored in terms of their latent modernity), music of Satie and his circle, works based on unusual tuning and temperament systems (including Harry Partch and LaMonte Young), selected works by Cage, Varese, Nancarrow, Ligeti, Crumb, Gubaidulina, Saariaho, as well as post-war serialism, minimalism, acoustic ecology (including music by Pauline Oliveros and R. Murray Schafer), and “avant-pop”.

Time Periods

Post-1875

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
Music Theory 373 Taught by Rebecca Leydon
Music Theory 373 Taught by Rebecca Leydon
Music Theory 373 Taught by Rebecca Leydon
Music Theory 373 Taught by Rebecca Leydon
Music Theory 373 Taught by Rebecca Leydon