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Schoenberg and Modernism
Taught by: Ian Bent

Description
E-Seminar Description
Taught by Ian Bent, Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music at Columbia University in New York City and an expert on Schoenberg, this seminar examines the life of Arnold Schoenberg–the person, the composer, and the painter–and his relationship to the Modernist movement. Schoenberg and Modernism explores the significance and influence of Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire as one of the seminal works of twentieth-century music and a landmark of musical modernism.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading |
Additional Information |Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Know more about Arnold Schoenberg as a person, composer, and creative painter.

•    Be able to explain Arnold Schoenberg's connections to the Modernist movement.

•    Obtain a greater understanding and appreciation of Pierrot lunaire, one of the seminal works of twentieth-century music.

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Outline
1. Introduction
2. Schoenberg and Modernism
     Music and its Modernisms
     Schoenberg and Modernism
     Schoenberg: Expressionist Painter
     Pierrot lunaire and Modernism
3. A Schoenberg Masterwork
     Inception
     Sprechstimme
     The Poems
     Design of Pierrot lunaire
     Musical Style of Pierrot lunaire
     The First Performances
     The Critics' Reactions
     Pierrot lunaire's Influences
4. Conclusion

Global Items
Performances
Timeline
Glossary
Forum
Portraits Gallery
Video Narratives (3)

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Ian Bent is Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music at Columbia University in New York City. His bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees are from Cambridge University (UK). Prior to his arrival at Columbia, Dr. Bent taught at University of London King's College and University of Nottingham (UK). In 1998, he received Columbia's Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. His best known work lies in the history of music theory and music analysis, especially that of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; but he has also worked in the later middle ages, and has strong interests in contemporary music. Among his many publications are Music Analysis in the Nineteenth Century, 2 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), Music Theory in the Age of Romanticism, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), and Analysis [with glossary by William Drabkin] (London: Macmillan; New York: Norton, 1987) and dozens of scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics in musicology. Professor Bent is general editor of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis, and senior editorial adviser to The Magnus Liber Organi of Notre Dame of Paris. He has served as a senior editor of The New Grove (1970–80), and assistant general editor of Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century (1978–90). He has served on the Council of the American Musicological Society, and also on its editorial board and publications committee, and on the editorial board of the Society for Music Theory.


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Recommended Reading
Stein, L. Ed. Style and Idea: Selected Writings of Arnold Schoenberg. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984.

Rosen, C. Arnold Schoenberg. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Simms, B. Music of the Twentieth Century: Style and Structure. New York: Schirmer, 1996.

Nicoll, A. The World of Harlequin: A Critical Study of the Commedia dell'arte. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1963.

Zaunschirm, T. Ed. Arnold Schönberg: Paintings and Drawings. Klagenfurt: Ritter Verlag, 1992.

Schorske, C. Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture. New York: Knopf, 1981.


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Additional Information
Who should take this course? Teachers and students of musicology, art history, modernism, and the history of the twentieth-century; lifelong learners; citizens interested in twentieth-century events and the reasons behind various musical and other artistic movements.

Reading assignments: There are no required reading assignments in this course, though Professor Bent has recommended a number of books and other resources in the Conclusion of this course for those who wish to pursue the seminar topics further.

Taking the seminar: The content of this e-seminar is delivered entirely on the Internet. You may access this content and participate in discussions at any time during which the course is open. There are no set times in which you must be online.

This course includes a discussion board for students to pose questions and comments to their peers and the professor.


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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