Music 89 / Philosophy 89

Music & Philosophy

Spring 2011

 

Lecturers:

Mr. Finson; office: Hill Hall 211; office hours: 9:30-10:30 MW or by appointment; email: jfinson@ email.unc.edu; Mr. Lycan; office: Caldwell Hall 215-B; office hours: 2-4 W, or by appointment; email: ujanel@email.unc.edu

Text:

Emotion and Meaning in Music by Leonard Meyer

Listening:

Selected works available on the website for this course; a matching set of compact discs on reserve at the Music Library, ground floor of Wilson Library

Description:

We will explore and discuss philosophical questions as they apply to music, such as “What does music mean?”; “Does music narrate?”; “Does music have emotional content?”; “What is a musical work?”; “What is ‘authentic’ performance?”; “How can one tell good music from bad music?”; and so forth.

Format: Three seminar meetings per week

Grades:

Class participation and debate: 10%; this component will include attendance (you have three unexcused absences), 15% for team reports. 3 papers (limit 4 pages) exploring issues raised in class by applying them to music of your choosing (to be approved in advance): 25% each.

 

Schedule

 

Jan.

10

Mon.

Introductions

 

 

 

 

12

Wed.

What Does Music Mean?: read Meyer, "Introduction" and pp. 1-22; discusssion

 

 

 

 

14 Fri. Musical Meaning: Meyer 22-32; discussion; Elements of Music

   

  17 Mon. Holiday
       
 

19

Wed.

Musical Meaning: Meyer, 32-43

 

 

 

 

21

Fri.

Presentation of Brahms, Academic Festival Overture presented by Team 1 (sonata form)

 

 

 

 

  24 Mon. Brahms, Tragic Overture presented by Team 2
   

26

Wed.

Can Music Narrate?: read Abbate, chap. 2  on E-reserve

 

 

 

 

 

28

Fri.

Further discussion of Abbate; "The Apprentice in Magic" by Goethe

 

 

 

 

31  Mon. Dukas, The Sorcerer's Apprentice presented by Team 3
   
Feb.

  2 

Wed.

Read Berger, "Diegesis and Mimesis"

 

 

 

 

 

  4

Fri.

Further discussion of Berger

 

 

 

 

  7 Mon. Mendelssohn, Chopin, Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 presented by Team 3
   
 

  9

Wed.

Paper 1 due; discussion

 

 

 

 

 

11  

Fri.

Paper 1 discussion

 

 

 

 

14 Mon. What Is a Musical Work?: read Lydia Goehr, "Being True to the Work"
   
 

16

Wed.

Further discussion of Goehr

 

 

 

 

 

18

Fri.

Lieber & Stoller, "Hound Dog" as performed by Thornton or Presley presented by Team 4

 

 

 

 

  21 Mon. Read Levinson, "What a Musical Work Is"
   

23

Wed.

Handel, Messiah, "Rejoice Greatly" as performed by the Gabrielli Consort or Academy of St. Martin in the Fields presented by Team 5

 

 

 

 

 

25

Fri.

Can One Reasonably Tell Good Music from Bad?: read Meyer, "Some Remarks on Value and Greatness in Music"

 

 

 

 

28 Mon. Further Discussion of Meyer
   
Mar.

  2

Wed.

Read Davies, "The Evaluation of Music" on E-reserve

 

 

 

 

 

  4

Fri.

Further discussion of Davies

 

 

 

 

    7 Mon. Spring Break
   
 

  9

Wed.

Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

11

Fri.

Spring Break

 

 

 

14 Mon. Opening of Rodger's and Hammerstein's South Pacific presented by Team 1  
   
 

16

Wed.

Opening of Bernstein and Sondheim's West Side Story presented by Team 2 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Fri.

Paper 2 due; discussion

 

 

 

 

 

21

Mon.

Paper 2 discussion  

 

 

 

 

23 Wed. "Authentic" Musical Performance: read Godlovitch, "The Integrity of Musical Performance"
   

 

25 

Fri.

Further discussion of Godlovitch

 

 

 

 

28 Mon. Bach, Ein' feste Burg, mvt. 1, (text), performed by Harnoncourt and Richter presented by Team 3
   
 

30

Wed.

Read Young, "The Concept of Authentic Performance

 

 

 

 

April

  1 

Fri.

Further discussion of Young

 

 

 

 

    4 Mon. Mahler, Fourth Symphony, mvt. I as performed by Wilhelm Mengleberg or Fritz Reiner presented by Team 4
   
April

  6

Wed.

Can Music Disclose the Supernatural?: Read E. T. A. Hoffmann, "Beethoven's Instrumental Music"

 

 

 

 

 

  8

Fri.

Further discussion of Hoffmann

 

 

 

 

11 Mon. A Visit to the Digital Concert Hall
   
 

14

Wed.

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, mvt. I presented by Finson 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Fri.

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, mvt. II presented by Finson 

 

 

 

 

18 Mon. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, mvt. III-IV presented by Team 5
   
 

20

Wed.

Paper 3 due; discussion

 

 

 

 

 

22

Fri.

Holiday

       
  25 Mon. Paper 3 discussion
   

27 

Wed.

paper 3 discussion