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The Music of War and Peace examines music through the lens of war. From the patriotic songs written during the Civil War to songs of remembrance performed in the aftermath of Sept. 11, music has always been greatly affected by conflict. This course connects compositions and songs to their societal functions, unearths their cultural genealogies, and looks at how music has been used throughout history. The music analyzed in this class inspired soldiers, started riots, calmed angry nations, served as propaganda, sent secret messages, and forced governments to censor and imprison their composers. From this course, students will learn how to analyze, reveal, and explain the societal function of different music either inspired by or used during war.
Advisory: This course is an interdisciplinary General Education offering and does not require prior knowledge of music.
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