Larry Hamberlin

Associate Professor of Music

 MWF 11-11:30, 1:30-2:00, MCA 303
 on leave fall/winter

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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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. ART EUR

Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2016

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MUSC 0130 / FYSE 1132 - Topics in Music      

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

Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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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. ART EUR HIS

Fall 2012, Fall 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 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. ART NOR

Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2015

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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. ART

Spring 2014

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MUSC 0321 / MUSC 0221 - 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 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2016

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MUSC 0400 - Senior Seminar      

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

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 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

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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 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

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Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753