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BART 14A01 - MUSIC AND POWER

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

Reading material in english and french. Students who play a musical instrument are welcome to perform during their presentations, but this is not a requirement.

Course Description

In our contemporary society, thanks to modern information technologies, the presence of music is greater than ever before. It has multiple roles which go well beyond music as a mere object of consumption or a hobby. Historically, music has played a central role in the representation of powers, in the exaltation or legitimization of political powers or even in the formation of collective identities. The object of this course will be to explore the diverse uses that have been made of music by different powers and counter powers, by dominant and dominated cultures. A wide range of works will be discussed and analized in their historic and political context, inviting students to develop an open and critical perspective on the music and the culture that surrounds them.

Teachers

ABBUD TORRES TORIJA, Alejandro (Classical guitarist and political scientist)

Pedagogical format

Each session will have an introduction to the topic by the teacher, followed by student presentations and discussions with analytical summaries. All activities will be illustrated with music examples to listen in class which can be performed by the students or presented with recordings.

Course validation

Participation 10% ; Final essay 30% ; Analytical summary 20% ; Presentations 40%.

Workload

Each session requires student presentations and analytical summaries related to the topic of the session. These will be assigned at the beginning of the semester.

Required reading

  • Lénine Staline et la musique, Musée de la musique/Fayard, Paris 2011
  • Le III Reich et la musique, Musée de la musique/Fayard, Paris 2004
  • World Music: A very short introduction, Philip Bohlman, Oxford University Press, 2002
  • Music and Politics, John Street, Polity Press, Cambridge United Kingdom, 2012

Additional required reading

  • Beauty: A very short introduction, Roger Scruton, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • Folk Music: A very short introduction, Mark Slobin, Oxford University Press, 201
  • Diversité culturelle et mondialisation, Armand Mattelart, Editions la Découverte, Paris, 2005
  • Music : A very short introduction, Nicholas Cook, Oxford University Press, 1998
  • La estética musical desde la Antigüedad hasta el siglo XX, Enrico Fubini, Alianza Musica, 1997
  • Kulturindustrie: Raison et mystification des masses, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno et Max Horkheimer, éditions Allia, 16 Rue Charlemagne, Paris IV, 04/30/2012
  • Lénine Staline et la musique, Musée de la musique/Fayard, Paris 2011
  • Le III Reich et la musique, Musée de la musique/Fayard, Paris 2004
  • L'œuvre d'art à l'époque de sa reproductibilité technique, Walter Benjamin, Paris, Allia, 2012
  • Music and Politics, John street, Polity Press, Cambridge United Kingdom, 2012
  • Paris musique, dé l'école de Notre-Dame à la Cité de la musique : Huit siècles d'histoire, Marie Christine Vila, Parigramme 2007
  • Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society Edward Said, Daniel Barenboim, Edited and with a preface by Ara Guzelimian, Pantheon Books, New York 2002
  • Révolutions sonores, Courrier International, Hors-série Juin-Juillet-août 2011
  • L'UNESCO et la question de la diversité culturelle, 1946-2007 : Bilan et stratégies, série diversité culturelle N3, UNESCO 2007
  • World Music: A very short introduction, Philip Bohlman, Oxford University Press, 2002