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Music of Central Asia
MUSC 297
Fall 2020
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: REES 297, RUSS 297

This course offers an introduction to the musical traditions of Central Asia, including the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan, Mongolia, and the Xinjiang province of China. The musical landscape of the region will be mapped through major performance repertoires, genres, styles, and instruments in the two sociocultural realms: the nomadic world and the world of sedentary-dwellers. The roles and status of musicians, and the aesthetics and meanings of sound will be explored in relation to wider aspects of culture and social life, and the relationship between Islam and local spiritual beliefs. The dynamics of musical change and the interplay of tradition and innovation in contemporary creativity will be considered in light of the region's political history and connections with contiguous geographical areas (East, South, and West Asia, Eastern Europe), the impact of socialist policies and nation-building in post-Soviet states, and the effects of globalization, migratory processes, and cultural revitalization initiatives.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)(MUST-MN)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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