Larry Hamberlin

Associate Professor of Music

Phone: work802.443.5095
Office Hours: MWF 11-11:30, 1:30-2:00, MCA 303
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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.




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FYSE 1132 - Shakespeare and Music      

Sounds and Sweet Airs: Shakespeare and Music
Shakespeare's plays are the stories we tell ourselves to explain to ourselves who we are. We have told them over and over, and they have proven to be infinitely adaptable to our needs. Composers, too, have been drawn to them from the beginning, adding their music to the music of Shakespeare's language. In this seminar we will study a number of plays, among them Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the operas, ballets, film scores, and symphonic works they have inspired from the 17th century to the present.


Fall 2012

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MUSC 0101 - Introduction to Western Music      

Introduction to Western Music
This course is designed to introduce students to the music created by the men and women of Western civilization. The styles and genres of art music from the Middle Ages to the present will be a focus for the course. The relationship of music to society, historical context, and the other arts will also be examined. Music reading skills are not required. 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0130 - Topics in Music      

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


Spring 2011

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MUSC 0220 - Music History I      

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. (MUSC 0260 or waiver) 3 hrs. lect.


Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0221 - Music History II      

Music History II: Music Since 1750
This course is a survey of 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 0260 or waiver) 3 hrs. lect.


Spring 2012, Spring 2014

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MUSC 0230 - Topics in Music      

Topics in Music History:
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description.

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

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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 18th 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 may include music in the British colonies, minstrelsy, American opera and orchestras, the rise of the popular music industry, and the experimentalist composers of the 20th century. (Assumes ability to read music.) 3 hrs lect./disc.


Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013

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MUSC 0240 - Performing Chamber Music      

Performing Chamber Music
In this course for intermediate to advanced performers we will explore the art of collaborative music making in the classical tradition. Students will form small vocal and instrumental ensembles (2–6 players) at the beginning of the semester or may enroll in the course as an established ensemble. Repertoire will be determined in collaboration with instructor. Weekly coaching sessions for each group and master classes for all groups will culminate in at least one end-of-semester performance and writing assignment. In addition to technical performance issues, master classes and readings will consider group dynamics, rehearsal techniques, and interpersonal aspects of musical collaboration. Although previous chamber music experience is not required, students should be experienced performers of notation-based music. 3 hrs. lect/disc.


Spring 2014

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MUSC 0400 - Senior Seminar in Music      

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


Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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MUSC 0500 - Independent Study      

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

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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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.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 1017 - Beethoven      

Ludwig van Beethoven was perhaps the most influential figure in the history of Western music. In this course we will explore Beethoven’s life and work in the context of European political, social, and musical currents in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Through intensive listening, reading, and discussion, we will pursue three related goals: the development of critical listening skills; an examination of the relationship between an artist’s biography and creative work; and the critique of how and whether social and political events shape the development of music and vice versa. No previous musical experience is required.


Winter 2011

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