This course considers the enormous transformative potential of the act of performance, in continually reifying the work of art in the contemporary perspectives, logics and sociopolitical circumstances of its time. While a book or a painting remain in some ways objects unto themselves, a work of music or drama passes through the bodies, minds and consciousness of its performer, imbuing the work with new, ever-expanding human experiences. Students will concern themselves with uncovering layers of meaning—aesthetic and poietic—within the longer legacy of a work and its interpretations. Course readings, viewings, listenings and guests will help connect historical music with our contemporary values while also taking the long overdue step of incorporating the idiosyncratic identities of performers into musicological study.
Music Major Requirement. Students must also register for one of the two listed RCT sections.