Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This is an interdisciplinary course focusing on the music of Spain within its cultural context. Allied art forms to music, such as the plastic arts, literature, and architecture will be present as part of our study and discussion.
Both the sacred and secular traditions of Spanish music will populate the course and serve as in class listening examples. Spain has a cultural history which is multicultural, hence the music of the three cults: the Moorish, the Sephardic, and the Christian, and the mingling of these traditions will form a basis for understanding the unique nature of Spanish musical culture.
Ornament of the World by Maria Menocal, Little Brown and Co. ISBN 0-316-56688-8
A Short History of Spanish Music by Ann Livermore, Duckworth 0-7156-0634-4
Isaac Albeniz -Portrait of a Romantic, by Walter Clarke, Oxford ISBN 978-0-19-925052-3
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Two aesthetic exercises in the form of summaries of either live or recorded music presented as part of the class or part of a recital series at UTD will be required. These papers are approximately two pages each in length.
A final essay on a selected topic based on or related to music of the Iberian Peninsula. Subject matter may be strictly music or may have an interdisciplinary scope.