MUSI 105. Music and War

For centuries, and across different cultures, music has both served war and illustrated its victories and terror. Music has also provided powerful commentary on war, articulating human pain and protest in equal measure. In this seminar we consider these functions in a range of musical works of the 20th century from popular songs, film shorts, and folk songs from around the world, to music composed in prisons and concentration camps and some of the greatest art music of the 20th century. We will begin our discussion with a brief excursion into previous periods and conclude with an examination of music's role during the war in Iraq.
Prerequisite: MUSI 011 or permission of the instructor.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Music and Dance: Music  
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