Music of Central Asia|
Fall 2022 not offered
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, the Tuva republic of Russia, and the Xinjiang province of China. The musical landscape of the region is surveyed 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 are 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 are considered in the 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)(MUST-MN)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)
Theodore Levin, Saida Daukeyeva, and Elmira Köchümkulova (eds), THE MUSIC OF CENTRAL ASIA (Indiana University Press, 2016), www.musicofcentralasia.org
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm and final quizzes, creative projects, and oral presentations
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No special knowledge of music or Central Asian history and culture is required for attending this course. All undergraduate students are welcome.
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