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Larry Hamberlin

Professor of Music

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 MWF 1:45 - 2:45 PM
 Mahaney Arts Center 303

Larry Hamberlin teaches courses in Western classical music, American music, jazz, and popular music. His publications include:

  • An Introduction to America's Music, 2d ed., with Richard Crawford (W. W. Norton, 2013)
  • Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelties in the Ragtime Era (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • “The Beethoven Allusions in ‘Auf dem Strom’ (D.928),” in Unknown Schubert, ed. Barbara Reul (Ashgate, 2008)
  • “Visions of Salome: The Femme Fatale in American Popular Songs before 1920,” Journal of the American Musicological Society (2006)
  • “National Identity in Snyder and Berlin’s ‘That Opera Rag,’” American Music (2004)

The Society of American Music awarded the Mark Tucker Prize to his paper “Caruso and His Cousins: Portraits of Italian Americans in the Operatic Novelty Songs of Edwards and Madden” and a Lowens Book Award honorable mention to his book Tin Pan Opera. He has presented several papers, on topics ranging from music at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to Puccini’s influence on American popular song, at meetings of the International and American Musicological Societies, the Society for American Music, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S. branch), and has been an invited speaker at the universities of Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Columbia and at the College of William and Mary.

Prof. Hamberlin has  taught as a visiting professor at Harvard University, Williams College, and Tufts University. He holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Brandeis University.




Course List: 

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FYSE 1495 - Beethoven's Ninth      

Beethoven’s Ninth
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is one of the great artistic achievements of the Western world. With that masterpiece as our focal point, in this course we will explore the composer’s life and music, the broader musical culture of early 19th-century Europe, and the social and political context of the symphony’s 1824 premiere. Moreover, we will trace the changing meanings of the symphony’s climactic “Ode to Joy” in various historical contexts from Beethoven’s time to ours, including German nationalism, the Japanese tradition of New Year’s performances, and the adaptation of the “Ode to Joy” theme as the anthem of the European Union. ART CW EUR

Fall 2017

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MUSC 0101 - Introduction to Music      

Introduction to Music
In this course we will develop critical listening skills through guided study of selected works of Western classical, popular, and folk music, as well as a sampling of music from non-Western cultures. Students will examine how music uses basic sound materials—such as rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, and harmony—to create meaning and expression, how those uses have changed over time from the Middle Ages to the present, and how music relates to its social and historical context and to the other arts. Previous musical training is not required. 3 hrs. ART CMP HIS

Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2021

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MUSC 0130 - Topics in Music      

Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description. ART

Spring 2019

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MUSC 0232 / AMST 0232 - Music in the United States      

Music in the United States
In this course we will examine folk, classical, and popular music in the United States from the 17th century to the present. We will use historical and analytical approaches to gain insight into the music, the musicians, and the social and cultural forces that have shaped them. Students will explore music’s relation to historical events, other artistic movements, technological changes, and questions of national identity and ethnicity. Topics will include music in the British colonies, minstrelsy, American opera and orchestras, jazz, popular music, and the experimentalist composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Music reading skills are useful but not required. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AMR ART NOR

Fall 2017, Spring 2019

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MUSC 0320 - Music History I: Music to 1750      

Music History I: Music to 1750
In this course we will survey Western art music from the earliest notated Medieval music through the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beginning with Gregorian chant and troubadour song, we will explore Renaissance vocal polyphony, the development of opera and instrumental music in the 17th century, and the late Baroque music of Bach and Handel. Analysis of the music is supplemented by consideration of the ways in which music relates to the other arts and reflects the history and culture of its time. Students will be introduced to musicological research methods and their connection to other ways of thinking about music. Through score study, reading, writing, and discussion, they will confront the challenges surrounding our attempt to understand music’s historical development and its relation to the other arts and society. (MUSC 0261 or waiver) 3 hrs. lect. ART EUR HIS

Fall 2017

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MUSC 0321 - Music History II      

Music History II: Music Since 1750
In this course we will survey the principle genres and forms of Western art music from the Viennese classicism of Haydn and Mozart to the present day. The approach of the course is analytical, historical, and cultural. That is, we will study selected works from the Western repertory, attempting to understand each piece on its own terms as artistic expression, in the context of stylistic developments, and as it reflects its time and the concerns of its composer and audience. (MUSC 0261 or waiver) 3 hrs. lect. ART EUR HIS

Spring 2017

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MUSC 0333 - Music in Western Cultures      

Music in Western Cultures
In this course we will develop skills for assessing music’s social, economic, and political importance in Western societies. Through a series of units focusing on various aspects of music (such as composition, performance, dissemination, and reception) and on various eras from ancient Greece to the present, students will engage with the principal questions and methods of historical musicology. (MUSC 0101) 3 hrs. lect. ART CMP CW HIS

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020

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MUSC 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Admission by approval. Please consult published departmental guidelines and paragraph below.

Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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MUSC 0704 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
Senior work is not required of all music majors and joint majors. However, students interested in and eligible for departmental honors (see guideline above, in "Departmental Honors" section) may propose one or two-semester Senior Work projects. Projects may be in history, composition, theory, ethnomusicology, performance, or electronic music, and should culminate in a written presentation, a public performance, or a combination of the two. MUSC0704 does not count as a course toward fulfillment of the music major.

Project and budget proposals for Independent Study and Senior Work should be submitted by the previous April 1 for fall and winter term projects, and the previous October 15 for spring term projects. Budget proposals will not be considered after those dates. Project proposals will be considered after the deadline but are more likely not to be approved due to previous commitments of faculty advisors or other scheduling reasons.

Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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MUSC 1008 - Bob Dylan's America      

Bob Dylan's America
Few figures in American music have had the far-ranging influence of Bob Dylan, who, willingly or not, personified the social turmoil of the 1960s. In this course we will examine the musical and literary traditions on which Dylan draws (rock 'n' roll, country music, the urban folk revival, and the Beat poets), assess his art of crafting songs, and survey the principal phases of his career. Drawing on a range of biographical and historical materials, we will also consider the relationship between the social movements of the post-1960s and the carefully crafted public persona that Robert Zimmerman named Bob Dylan. AMR ART NOR WTR

Winter 2017, Winter 2019, Winter 2021

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Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
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Middlebury, VT 05753