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    MUS 408LEC - Genres Of Music-Music, Comedy, & Modernity
    Genres Of Music-Music, Comedy, & Modernity CUR Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   18068   Enrollment Capacity:   30
    Section:   CUR   Enrollment Total:   11
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   19
    Dates:   08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019   Status:   OPEN WITH RESERVES
    Days, Time:   T , 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Room:   ARR  
    Location:   North Campus      
    Reserve Capacities
    Description Enrollment Capacity Enrollment Total  
    Music Perf BA/MFA: Seats Rsvd 15 4  
    Class held in 111 Baird Library. Modernism and Comedy Comedy, as a mode of artistic presentation, is as old as tragedy. This class, however, seeks to think about the particular relevance of comedy for the representation and understanding of late modernity and modernism. Modernity is understood here, broadly, as those political, social, intellectual and economic forces that start developing during the course of the eighteenth century?forces with which we are still, to a large degree, thoroughly engaged. Karl Marx famously described the world of modernity as a place where ?all that is solid melts into air??where industry destroys agrarian cultures, revolutions undermine political orders, and commerce and capital create a myriad of connections between different peoples and places that would have been unthinkable before. Modernity is a kind of productive and destructive mayhem, and thus strongly similar to formal features of the comic: for comedy turns things upside down, critiques the world by revealing its fundamental ridiculous instability, unmasks the beautiful to show the ugly, undermines pomposity to expose its idiocy, makes everything trip up on a metaphorical banana skin, and engenders a particular kind of character (epitomized by figures such as Groucho Marx, or Charlie Chaplin, or Bugs Bunny, or Will Farrell?s many reincarnations) who, whilst endlessly getting into scrapes, nevertheless always manages to survive. Comedy is therefore not only particularly adept at representing the modern world; it is also a means of helping us to understand how we might survive modern complexities. In this context, modernism can be understood as the cultural movements and artistic forms and practices that start developing at the point, sometime during the second half of the nineteenth century, when modernity starts to go into its dangerous overdrive. It will be to these three phenomenon?comedy, modernity, and modernism?that we will be directing our attentions during the course of the semester. Works to be discussed will include Offenbach?s Orpheus in the Underworld, Puccini?s Gianni Scchichi, Poulenc?s Les mamelles de Tiresias, Strauss?s Ariadne auf Naxos, Shostakovitch?s The Nose, works by Ligeti, Kagel, and investigations of comedy in jazz, certain popular music idioms, and in films and cartoons, notably Bugs Bunny and the Marx Brothers.
    Enrollment Requirements
    Prerequisites: Pre-Requisite: MUS 213 Or MUS 214.
      Course Description
    Studies one of the historically established musical forms, such as opera, concerto, symphony, quartet, popular music; lectures and listening assignments. Music majors only or by permission of instructor.
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