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MURP 455
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At the Conservatory by James Ensor, 1902. Making fun of Wagner.
(Courtesy of ARTstor)


Your Class

Goal of the class:

Familiarity with the breadth of classical vocal literature

Final Presentation:

As part of the course, you will create program notes, about a page of double spaced for 10 minutes of music, and give a sung presentation at the end of the term.


Help With Program Notes

Grove Online can give you good background information on your work.

The reference area in the Mudd has two books on writing about music:

  • Cowdery, James R. How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style
    Reference Collection, ML3797 .H69 2006
    This is a style manual concerned with the proper form of names of movements, keys, people's names, spelling, capitalization, citing, and some examples of good writing.
  • Holoman, Kern. Writing About Music: A Style Sheet
    Reference Collection, ML3797 .W75 2008
    This is a similar manual, but does have a section on writing program notes.

Im LUCIA a Subject begins with... search using a composer's last name will get books about that person, but this will result in many books for a lot of composers. For books specifically relating to vocal music, do a Subject Keyword search for "songs" or the title of the work along with the composer's name.
Example: Subject Keyword songs faure
Example: Subject Keyword wolf morike

If you need more information, go to RILM, the index to scholarly periodical literature.

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