Music and Mysticism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Music & Mysticism

Fall 2020

Taught By: Evan Rapport

Section: A

CRN: 9420

Credits: 4

Mysticism and mystical experience are culturally specific concepts with extensive connections to music. This course considers musical repertoires and practices tied to mystical belief systems, such as the Sufi zikr, Hasidic nigun, and Gnawa lila, as well as the music of composers deeply invested in mystical theologies, such as Scriabin and Messiaen. The focus is on religious practices in West Asia and compositions by European and North American composers, although students are encouraged to develop independent projects in other areas. The course also examines the impact of mystical ideas on music as a social activity: for example, mysticism may galvanize musical communities in popular spheres, transcend or reinforce social boundaries, or provide alternative avenues for musical expression within formal religious contexts. Through comparisons of musical expressions, students engage concepts and terms such as ecstasy, shamanism, trance, spirituality, nothingness, and oneness.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:40pm 1/20/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/16/2020