Historic Interpreters

Mannes School of Music: Music History and Literature

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Historic Interpreters

Fall 2020

Taught By: Allan Evans

Section: A

CRN: 7999

Credits: 2

A great composition appears as a cultural explosion, later tempered by technique and a sculpting through structure. What happens to a musical work as it is passed down in time from its creator to the present? How does one isolate telling clues to search for authenticity and elements not apparent in the score? We will hear composers themselves performing their own music and works by others: Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Falla, Bartók, Stravinsky, Messiaen, and recent creators. The course will also examine a broad genre of stylistic approaches heard in pupils of Chopin’s assistant Mikuli, Liszt, Clara Schumann, César Franck, and singing by the creator of Verdi’s Otello. Students will develop a methodology to observe and apply historic references to describe differing styles and aesthetics and how they arose and transformed in time. Assignments will include assessments of early editions, biographical and discographical research and brief papers comparing diverse performance styles. The focus will broadly touch on significant instrumental, chamber, orchestral, and vocal genres. Aside from gaining familiarity with past cultural practices, students will develop the ability to hear outside the conventions of our current music scene and learn how to research and interpret findings of older practices. This course fulfills the requirement for Graduate Seminar for MM students

College: Mannes School of Music (MC)

Department: Music History and Literature (CBMH)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:01am 6/3/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 710

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/15/2020