Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MUSIC 2244 - The King of the Instruments: the Music, Art, and Technology of the Organ

(HB) (LA-AS)
Fall. 4 credits.

A. Richards, D. Yearsley.

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.

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