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The Winslow Archives: Composition, Education, History
MUSC 309
Spring 2024
Section: 01  

Richard Winslow taught at Wesleyan from 1949 to 1983, where he was the key figure in establishing the World Music Program and Wesleyan's continuing commitment to experimental music. In retirement, he remained very active as a composer and thinker. His long life ended in 2017, a few months short of his 100th birthday. In 2019, the family donated his papers and other materials to the Wesleyan archives; these have now been processed, and a basic but complete finding aid is available at https://archives.wesleyan.edu/repositories/sca/resources/richard_k_winslow_papers.
Partly to honor his work, but mostly because he was such an extraordinary composer and thinker, Wesleyan is initiating a more detailed study of the archival materials, together with a series of performances. This seminar helps students gain a closer familiarity with Winslow's life and work through hands-on study of manuscripts, correspondence, and recordings. It will be of interest to composers, who will study Winslow's techniques as revealed in sketches, scores, and annotations; to musicologists and historians, who will help construct a complete chronology of Winslow's life and especially of his activities as a Wesleyan professor; and to archivists, librarians, and digital humanists, who will gain first-hand experience with the problems that attend categorizing, describing, and disseminating archival materials in a variety of media.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on JUN-20-2024
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