Modern Music: 1900 – 1960 - MUS 637

A survey of major works from occidental music, spanning the first six decades of the 20th century. Divided into three periods: 1900 to World War I; WWI to WWII; and 1945 to the early 1960s. The following composers receive greatest attention: Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Ravel, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Ives, Britten, Messiaen, Stockhausen, and Carter. By studying the great masters of modern music, the student would learn how to discern their creations in order to produce and apply his/her own particular musical language using new elements of his/her own cultural content.