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Music 5343: Music History after 1900

Dr. Notley, Fall 2011

Room 321: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30–10:50
Office: Room 319 Phone: 565–3751

Hours: Tues. 11–12; Thurs. 12–1; E-mail:

and by appointment: the set hours may change because of committee meetings

This course is divided into three units according to historical events: from 1900 to World War I, from World War I to the end of World War II, and from after World War II to the present. I'll spend most of each class lecturing, but I also expect all students to participate in discussions. To facilitate class discussions I'll distribute detailed assignments each week. Lectures and discussions will focus on five broad topics:

  1. The adaptation of elements of common-practice (functional) tonality within changing worldviews and altered conceptions of music itself

  2. Cultures not part of the common-practice past as sources of inspiration

  3. The cultivation of a traditional genre, the string quartet, by composers after 1900

  4. Transformations of another such genre, opera, in response to changes in music and society

  5. Technological innovations as sources of new possibilities in sound


Each student must purchase Anthology of Twentieth-Century Music, ed. Robert P. Morgan, available in the UNT Bookstore. Some materials will be placed on reserve in the Union to make photocopying less expensive, but students will also have to use materials in the Music Library (Willis Library, 4th floor), including the Audio Center. The carrel for my two classes is 404.
Students are not required to buy textbooks because they are expensive and quickly become out of date. This is especially true of those concerned with music after 1900. Some students, however, like to own a textbook. For these students, I recommend Robert P. Morgan, Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America, which you can obtain through the bookstore, Amazon, or elsewhere.
All students must take three exams and write two medium-length (four- to five-page) papers. The papers will be on assigned topics and they will be critical-thinking and critical-listening papers. They will not be research papers because not all students will have had a research class yet.

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