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2015-2016 Catalog

MUS 360 (Italian) Music and (Italian) Identity

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