NYU Steinhardt

Seminar in Music Theory: Concepts of Time in Twentieth Century Music

  • Course Number: MPATC-GE 2205
  • Hours: 30
  • Units: 3
  • Description: One of the 20th century’s finest contributions to musical thought is its dazzling reconceptions of musical temporality. This course will survey a diverse range of approaches, including not only innovations in rhythm, meter, & form but also more broadly ideas about continuity, the direction of time, & the shifting roles of history & memory in constructing models of temporal experience in a variety of 20th century compositional styles. Some basic connections to recent work in the philosophy of time will also be explored.
  • Old Course Number: E85.2205