2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

MUHI 609 Music and Politics

Starting from an exploration of the ways in which Beethoven's music has been linked to diverse political issues, this course will sample the ways music from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries exhibits political values or is manipulated to political ends. Individual units will be devoted to the ways in which music intersects with such issues as race and ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, protest and power. While centered on western art music, students will be afforded the opportunity to explore political issues related to popular genres and jazz, as well as cultures in diverse countries.