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MUSC 201     Bach, Beethoven, and the Beatles: History of Music in the Modern Era  (4)

A detailed survey of music in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The course first looks at early modern traits in music of the 18th century, like Bach's polyphony and castrato singers, and then considers the influence of the Enlightenment on music and Beethoven's championing of individual expression. The enhanced status of popular musics-including jazz, rock, and rap-in the 20th century is linked with the broader cultural development of the "mechanically reproducible artwork," specifically music recording. Prerequisite: MUSC 101.