MUSIC 2244

MUSIC 2244

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2024-2025.

The organ is an interdisciplinary wonder where mechanics, architecture, acoustics, religion, philosophy, literature, as well as the musical arts and sciences meet. This course uses the organ to explore music's relation to technology, history and culture, and in turn traces the technical and mechanical mysteries, and expressive possibilities, of the 'King of Instruments' across its long history. Students will gain 1) an understanding of some key aspects of musical history and repertoire; 2) a sense for the historical relation between music and technology; 3) a new knowledge of (and enthusiasm for!) the organ; and 4) an insight into the ways in which musical instruments and the musical practice associated with them are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary. With a key focus on the music of J. S. Bach, as well as on the reception of Bach's music in the 19th and 20th centuries, topics include the mechanics of organ construction, the North German organ art and the toccata, virtuosity and the use of the feet, the symphonic organ in the 19th century, 20th-century experimentation with organ sound, the organ and film. The course combines lectures with sessions at the organs as well as regular organ recitals. No prior musical experience necessary, although those interested (and with some keyboard skills) will have the opportunity for an introduction to learning to play – with both hands and feet.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Course Subfield (HC)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: SHUM 2244

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18799 MUSIC 2244   LEC 001

    • MWF Lincoln Hall B21
    • Aug 26 - Dec 9, 2024
    • Richards, A

      Yearsley, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person