Musical Feeling

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Musical Feeling
Spring 2024
Taught By: Ivan Raykoff
Section: A

CRN: 14889

Credits: 4

Why does "sad" music evoke or inspire "heartache"? How does it pull on our "heartstrings"? This course explores the relationship between emotional feeling (affect) and physical feeling (embodiment) in our experiences of making and listening to music. It addresses enduring questions about how music is expressive of moods and states of being, but approaches these aesthetic debates from the perspective of the body, asking how music moves us to experience feeling through our physical sensorium, including hearing, sight, touch, and movement. With readings from music history, psychology, sound studies, and aesthetics, the course considers the Ancient Greek concept of ethos, or music’s power over character and behavior; the Baroque-era "doctrine of the affections" that assigned expressive meanings to musical figures and forms; and the rise of modern scientific and technological approaches to how we create and react to music in embodied ways. Students will research these topics and musical case studies for papers, creative projects, and collaborative presentations; the course also includes excursions to performances and exhibits in the city.

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: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 1:12am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 050
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024