Harmonic Convergence: Music's Intersection with Science, Mathematics, History and Literature
This course is no longer being offered.
An examination of research on music and the brain; connections between music, mathematics and history; and music's interrelationship with literature. Readings include The Power of Music (Mannes), Musicophilia (Sacks), The Kreutzer Sonata (Tolstoy), Doctor Faustus (Mann), A Clockwork Orange (Burgess), and writings by Morike, Hofstadter, Vaget, and Taruskin, in which music plays an essential role. Compositions by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and others will be examined. Course goals: increased understanding of music's relationship to other fields, and improved writing skills. Although musical ability is not required, qualified students will be encouraged to perform relevant works in class. Enrollment limited to 12.