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2015-2016 Catalog

MUS 260 [Italian] Music and [Italian] Identity

In this course, we shall concentrate specifically on understanding Italian music during its "Golden Age" (1300-1900): the six centuries from the Middle Ages (the time of Dante) through the period of the "great tradition" of nineteenth-century Italian opera. We shall simultaneously consider the larger question of what constitutes a national music. In addition, Italians' music has been deployed at various times in their history to create a more local (regional or dynastic-familial) political and cultural identity, and the course will examine such uses of music as well. [GM2, H]