MUSI 006A. Music in Times of War and Disease

For centuries, and across the globe, music has accompanied, amplified and responded to the most cataclysmic moments in human history. From the so-called "Black Death" pandemic  of the Middle Ages to the total warfare of the twentieth century to the "gray-zone" conflicts of the new millennium, music has been employed to manipulate, protest, comfort, witness, and also to process human pain and grief. This course considers the current pandemic's impact on music in a global-historical context of war and pestilence, seeking to understand how these phenomena have affected musical sounds, and how music-making has contributed to human resilience. What will be the enduring repercussions of this historical moment on the future of musical expression?
Eligible for GLBL-Core, PEAC

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