Music and Mysticism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Music & Mysticism
Fall 2024
Taught By: Evan Rapport
Section: A

CRN: 17316

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 (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 6:12am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 002
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024