MUS 141 Introduction to the Music of John Coltrane (Not offered 1999-2000)

This course will survey the career and musical style of saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (1926-1967), one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. Students will explore the development of Coltrane's style through the study of representative recordings. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between Coltrane's musical style and those of his contemporaries within the jazz tradition. We will also examine Coltrane's exploration of various non-Western sources and their incorporation into his music, as well as Coltrane's own influence on other musicians practicing in a range of non-jazz styles. Readings will include biography and related criticism. Requirements: a paper on an approved topic of the students' choice, participation in an in-class group presentation of a recorded example of their choice, midterm and final exams