Larry Hamberlin
Office
Mahaney Arts Center 303
Tel
(802) 443-5095
Email
lhamberl@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
MW 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., https://middlebury.zoom.us/j/98474588056?pwd=Nm50a1VmVUFLQ1FBS1lwZERZWHFZUT09

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.

Courses Taught

Course Description

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.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023

Requirements

ART, CMP, HIS

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Course Description

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

Terms Taught

Spring 2019

Requirements

ART

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Course Description

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.

Terms Taught

Spring 2019

Requirements

AMR, ART, NOR

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Course Description

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.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

Requirements

ART, CMP, CW, HIS

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Course Description

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

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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Course Description

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.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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Course Description

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.

Terms Taught

Winter 2019, Winter 2021

Requirements

AMR, ART, NOR, WTR

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Course Description

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.

Terms Taught

Winter 2022, Winter 2023

Requirements

AMR, ART, NOR, WTR

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