• Cult-A. Nothing too good for the working Class? Music and Politics of the Cultural Front

    (John Halle, Independent Scholar and Musician)

    This course is available to all students. It is intended for those interested in music, politics, and social movements.

    An examination of the music of the socialist realist period in the U.S. and the Soviet Union focussing on two works of its leading figures, Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony #5 and Aaron Copland’s Symphony #3. Essays by Richard Taruskin and excerpts from Jonathan Rosenberg’s recent Dangerous Melodies will provide a background to discussions of broader question involving the political content of classical music, its relation both to the economics elites who have traditionally supported it and to the working classes historically excluded from “high” musical, artistic and intellectual culture.

    A minimal level of musical literacy will be helpful though is not required.