Ithaca College

School of Music

Music History and Literature Courses

MUTH-25500 History and Literature of Music I HU LA

Survey of music from the early Christian era to the mid-18th century focusing on origins and evolution of musical styles, forms, and genres. Social and cultural contexts are examined in relation to musical materials and their application within specific repertoire. Prerequisites: Any MUTH-xxxxx course. 3 credits. (S)

MUTH-25600 History and Literature of Music II HU LA

Survey of music from the mid-18th century to the late 19th century focusing on distinctive features of musical styles, forms, and genres. Social and cultural contexts are examined in relation to musical materials and their application within specific repertoire. Prerequisites: MUTH-25500. 3 credits. (F)

MUTH-35500 History and Literature of Music III HU LA

Survey of music from about 1900 to the present, focusing on transformations of traditional musical idioms, as well as newly developed styles. Social and cultural contexts including politics, censorship, and economic factors are examined in relation to musical materials and their application within specific repertoire. Prerequisites: MUTH-25600. 3 credits. (S)

MUTH-45100 Instrumental Chamber Music Literature LA

A historical survey of instrumental chamber music from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisites: MUTH-35500. 3 credits. (S)

MUTH-45200 The History and Literature of the Art Song LA

A broad historical survey of the secular art song from the Middle Ages to the present, with greatest emphasis placed on the German, French, Italian, and English song repertory of the 18th and 19th centuries. Prerequisites: MUTH-35500. 3 credits. (IRR)

MUTH-45300 Performance Studies in Early Music LA

The study and performance of early music for singers and instrumentalists. Projects require transcribing music from primary and secondary sources, studying performance techniques on available historical instruments, and rehearsing and performing the transcribed music. Historical authenticity versus modern practicality are discussed. May be repeated for credit. 2 credits. (F-S)

MUTH-45700 History and Literature of Opera FA LA

History and development of opera from the Florentine Camerata to the present. Special projects in transcription from unpublished sources and presentation of performing editions are available to interested students. Prerequisites: MUTH-35500. 3 credits. (F, B)

MUTH-45800 The Symphony LA

The study of orchestral music, tracing its development from the baroque era to the present. Representative examples of the concerto and symphonic poem are included. Prerequisites: MUTH-35500. 3 credits. (F)

MUTH-49500 Survey of Piano Literature I LA

The study of piano literature from the high baroque through the middle romantic periods. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. The course includes one hour of lecture and one half-hour lab meeting weekly, and is required of keyboard majors in the performance program in the senior year. 1 credit. (F,IRR)

MUTH-49600 Survey of Piano Literature II LA

The study of piano literature from the middle romantic period through the 20th century. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performance. Periodic examinations and individual projects are required. The course includes one hour of lecture and one half-hour lab meeting weekly, and is required of keyboard majors in the performance program in the senior year. 1 credit. (S,IRR)

MUTH-49700 Survey of Violin and Viola Literature LA

The study of violin and viola literature from the 17th century through the 20th century. The unique facets of each style are explored through analysis, outside readings, score study, guided listening, and individual performances. The course includes weekly aural assignments, individual projects, and periodic examinations. Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing. 2 credits. (S)

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Music Education Courses

MUTH-53900 Wind Literature and Performance Practice LA

The study of wind literature from its beginning in the music of Gabrieli through the classical wind serenades of Mozart to the composers of today. The course will include music written for wind chamber groups, as well as music for wind ensemble and the traditional concert band. 2 credits. (F,IRR)

MUTH-54000 Choral Literature and Performance Practice LA

A survey of choral literature and performance practices from the Renaissance to the present. 2 credits. (S)