MUS 128 Masters of Russian and Soviet Music (Not offered 1999-2000)

An introductory survey of music from the late-eighteenth-century period, the rise of a national style, the great composers of late-nineteenth-century Russia (Borodin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky) and the major figures of the twentieth century (Prokofiev, Shostakovich), with a special look at the ever-present conflict between "Europeanization" versus Inner-Russian ideals and the peculiarities of musical life in the old Soviet Union and in Russia today. Emphasis on listening, background reading, and class discussions of assigned listening and historical topics. Evaluation will be based on class participation and discussion, a series of listening quizzes, and a final project.