REE 385 • Music in the Middle East
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This course will survey the complexities of this region by tracing the development of theoretical traditions from Medieval Arabic treatises, while also examining ongoing art, popular and regional practices in court, rural, and urban contexts prior to the pre-19th century. We will look at debates on modernization and Westernization, and trace the tensions between political impositions and local strategies evident in musical pedagogy, changes in musical forms, performance styles, and instrumentation. We will also explore musical changes that are evident in shifts that resulted from adoptions of Western-European derived nation state models in the 19-20th century. We will look at the emergence of broadcast media and mass reproductive technology in the 20th century, and their effects on musical practice. Finally, we will trace the impact of transregional political discourses such as the European Union, non-government organizations, and transregional political alliances.