Collegium Musicum Music Definition Essay

Born in Tesin (Silesia) on 1 January 1898, Ullmann grew up and was educated in Vienna.  He participated in Schoenberg's advanced courses in 1918-19, and at Schoenberg's recommendation, became one of Alexander Zemlinsky's conducting assistants at the New German Theatre in Prague in the 1920s.  How highly Zemlinsky regarded him is seen in his having entrusted Ullmann with the preparation of Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder, as well as operas of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Berg and others, which he also conducted on occasion in place of Zemlinsky.  During the 1927-28 season, Ullmann became First Kapellmeister at the municipal theatre in Aussig.  In both cities, Ullmann enjoyed a reputation as an excellent, conscientious and capable conductor.  An active member of the Schoenberg circle, Ullmann was also a devoted follower of Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophical movement.  In the 1930s he composed, taught and wrote articles for German musical publications in Prague.

Following unsuccessful efforts to find work in London or South Africa, Ullmann was trapped in Prague after the German invasion in March 1939.  In 1942 he was deported to Terezin.  Rather exceptionally, instead of being given a customary work assignment, Ullmann was instead asked by the Freizeitgestaltung (Leisure time authority) to occupy himself with music, serving as critic and concert organiser (including the Studio for New Music, which he founded, and the Collegium Musicum) as well as assisting on other performances, lecturing on such subjects as Mahler's First Symphony, anthroposophy and music and other topics.  He also had more time to compose, which accounts for his unusually prolific production in comparison to the other Terezin composers.

Besides his impressive list of original compositions – three piano sonatas, a string quartet, several dozen Lieder, orchestral works and an opera, The Emperor of Atlantis or Death Abdicates – Ullmann made, upon request, a number of vocal arrangements of Yiddish and Hebrew songs.  In addition to his extensive concert reviews, he wrote several essays, an opera libretto and a literary diary, The Strange Passenger, a collection of poems and aphorisms.  This latter document discloses Ullmann's deep despondency, his conflict about his Jewish identity, his basically Christian religiosity and his cynicism.  Nevertheless, in a frequently-quoted essay, ‘Goethe and Ghetto’, Ullmann considers the meaning of Goethe for ‘educated Europeans’ in both daily living and culture . But where the interaction of life and art had earlier allowed the easier creation of beautiful forms, in Terezin this was difficult, ‘where anything connected with the muses is in utter contrast to the surroundings.’   Maintaining that future generations would find no interest in the lack of pianos and music paper, Ullmann concludes in a profound expression of his and his colleagues' reserves of spiritual strength:

 

it must be emphasised that Theresienstadt has served to enhance, not to impede, my musical activities, that by no means did we sit weeping on the banks of the waters of Babylon, and that our endeavour with respect to Arts was commensurate with our will to live.  And I am convinced that all those who, in life and in art, were fighting to force form upon resisting matter, will agree with me.

MUSI UN1002 Fundamentals of Music.3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Corequisites: Introductory Ear-Training (V1312, or higher, as determined by placement exam).

Introduction to music, including notation, written and aural skills, and basic conceptual resources of music theory. Exploration of scale, mode, rhythm, meter, texture and form, with reference to a diverse range of musics. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Fundamentals of Western Music.)

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 1002001/77616M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Michael Weinstein-Reiman312/30
MUSI 1002002/28789T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
814 Dodge Building
Andrew Goldman37/30
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 1002001/75547M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Peter Susser319/25

HUMA UN1123 Masterpieces of Western Music.3 points.

Analysis and discussion of representative works from the Middle Ages to the present.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HUMA 1123001/11754M W 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts324/25
HUMA 1123002/16274M W 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Thomas Smith322/25
HUMA 1123003/60526M W 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Laura Weber319/25
HUMA 1123004/14456M W 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts325/25
HUMA 1123005/27530M W 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
Samuel Yulsman321/25
HUMA 1123006/29345M W 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
Jane Forner324/25
HUMA 1123007/10740M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Ralph Whyte324/25
HUMA 1123008/11340M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mario Cancel-Bigay323/25
HUMA 1123009/62574M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Taylor Brook323/25
HUMA 1123010/20262M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Maja Cerar324/25
HUMA 1123011/12135M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Marilyn McCoy325/25
HUMA 1123012/18079M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Rachel Chung325/25
HUMA 1123013/93647M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Rodolfo Toledo322/25
HUMA 1123014/61881M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Julia Hamilton322/25
HUMA 1123015/23298M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Mark DeBellis322/25
HUMA 1123016/26893M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Rodolfo Toledo323/25
HUMA 1123017/67116T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
Mario Diaz de Leon324/25
HUMA 1123018/67986T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Alexander Rothe323/25
HUMA 1123019/64719T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Ashkan Behzadi322/25
HUMA 1123020/17155T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Mario Diaz de Leon324/25
HUMA 1123021/74227T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
Alexander Rothe325/25
HUMA 1123022/68054T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
Elise Bonner321/25
HUMA 1123023/63023T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Anne Levitsky324/25
HUMA 1123024/22791T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Carl Bettendorf325/25
HUMA 1123025/77448T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Magdalena Baczewska324/25
HUMA 1123026/11345T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Velia Ivanova323/25
HUMA 1123027/24142T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mahir Cetiz324/25
HUMA 1123028/69420T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Mary Robb317/25
HUMA 1123029/72977T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Joshua Mailman315/25
HUMA 1123030/66083T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mahir Cetiz324/25
HUMA 1123031/18871T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Ryan Pratt324/25
HUMA 1123032/72259T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Daniel Chiarilli324/25
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
HUMA 1123001/11163M W 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts325/25
HUMA 1123002/72879M W 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Mario Diaz de Leon324/25
HUMA 1123003/27287M W 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts324/25
HUMA 1123004/26194M W 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
Qingfan Jiang322/25
HUMA 1123005/72481M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Christopher Washburne325/25
HUMA 1123006/17270M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Alexander Rothe324/25
HUMA 1123007/68112M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Elaine Sisman325/25
HUMA 1123008/26680M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Anne Levitsky325/25
HUMA 1123009/70688M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Paula Harper325/25
HUMA 1123010/76861M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Mahir Cetiz324/25
HUMA 1123011/16756M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Lucie Vagnerova325/25
HUMA 1123012/12183M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Joshua Mailman322/25
HUMA 1123013/70964M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Mahir Cetiz325/25
HUMA 1123014/29535M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Lucie Vagnerova321/25
HUMA 1123015/29328T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
Julia Hamilton319/25
HUMA 1123016/76488T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Velia Ivanova322/25
HUMA 1123017/22951T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Laura Weber325/25
HUMA 1123018/72983T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
Jane Forner325/25
HUMA 1123019/71643T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Bradford Garton325/25
HUMA 1123020/16705T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mario Cancel-Bigay325/25
HUMA 1123021/70076T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Magdalena Baczewska318/20
HUMA 1123022/23146T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Mary Robb324/25
HUMA 1123023/29382T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Taylor Brook323/25
HUMA 1123024/12877T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Carl Bettendorf325/25
HUMA 1123025/60471T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Giuseppe Gerbino325/25
HUMA 1123026/60983T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Elise Bonner322/25
HUMA 1123027/65133T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Kevin Holt322/25
HUMA 1123028/75857T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Michael Weinstein-Reiman319/25
HUMA 1123029/19317M W 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Thomas Smith325/25
HUMA 1123030/64729M W 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
Alexander Rothe324/25
HUMA 1123031/11453M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Maria Fantinato Geo de Siqueira323/25
HUMA 1123032/27228T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Samuel Yulsman324/25
HUMA 1123033/74244T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
David Bird324/25

MUSI UN1312 Introductory Ear Training.1 point.

Lab Required

A student may place into a higher level of this course by passing an examination given on the first day of the class. V1312 is an introduction to basic skills in sight reading. Instruction includes reading rhythms in simple meter, solfege recitation, and sight-singing simple melodies.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 1312001/63922M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
404 Dodge Building
Michelle Painter111/12
MUSI 1312002/19260T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Barami Waspe18/12
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 1312001/13954M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
404 Dodge Building
Michelle Painter113/12
MUSI 1312002/73677T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
620 Dodge Building
Peter Susser110/12

MUSI UN1500 Early Instruments.1 point.

Prerequisites: Audition required during first week of classes in FALL semester ONLY. Online audition sign up is available in August, two weeks prior to auditions, at mpp.music.columbia.edu. Questions can be directed to the Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu or 212-854-1257.

Prerequisites: Audition required during first week of classes in FALL semester ONLY. Online audition sign up is available in August, two weeks prior to auditions, at mpp.music.columbia.edu. Questions can be directed to the Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu or 212-854-1257. Keyboards: K. Cooper. Strings: R. Morley. Wind instruments:  TBA.   $500 MUSIC LESSON FEE FOR NON-MAJORS/CONCENTRATORS.  All freshmen and sophomore students wishing tomajor/minor/concentrate in music, and thereby get their lesson fee waived, are required to make an appointment with Prof. Brad Garton (*Special jazz concentrators will meet with Prof. Chris Washburne), Dean of Undergraduate Studies, EVERY SEMESTER during the registration period, in order to register for appropriate courses.  Fees will not be waived without meeting this requirement.  All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program deadline in order to be allowed to attend lessons that semester.  Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline.

MUSI V2020 Salsa, Soca, and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean.3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

A survey of the major syncretic urban popular music styles of the Caribbean, exploring their origins, development, and sociocultural context.

MUSI UN2030 Jewish Music of New York.3 points.

Prerequisites: Music Humanities (Columbia University) or An Introduction to Music (Barnard).

With the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New York in the mid-1600s until today, Jewish music in the City has oscillated between preserving traditions and introducing innovative ideas. This course explores the variety of ways people have used music to describe, inscribe, symbolize, and editorialize their Jewish experience. Along these lines, it draws upon genres of art music, popular music, and non-Western traditions, as well as practices that synthesize various styles and genres, from hazzanut to hiphop. Diverse musical experiences will serve as a window to address wider questions of identity, memory, and dislocation. We will also experience the Jewish soundscape of New York’s dynamic and eclectic music culture by visiting various venues and meeting key players in today’s music scene, and thus engage in the ongoing dialogues that define Jewishness in New York. A basic familiarity with Judaism and Jewish culture is helpful for this course, but it is by no means required. You do not need to know Jewish history to take this class, nor do you need to be able to read music. Translations from Hebrew and Yiddish will be provided, and musical analysis will be well explained.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2030001/61470M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Tina Fruehauf312/40

MUSI UN2205 Introduction to Digital Music (Previously called MIDI Music Production Techniques).3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: HUMA W1123 or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

An introduction to the potential of digital synthesis by means of the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Teaches proficiency in elementary and advanced MIDI techniques. Challenges some of the assumptions about music built into the MIDI specifications and fosters a creative approach to using MIDI machines.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2205001/20626T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
320h Prentis Hall
Bradford Garton315/16

MUSI UN2314 Ear Training, I.1 point.

Designed to improve the student's basic skills in sight-singing, and rhythmic and melodic dictation with an introduction to four-part harmonic dictation.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2314001/68480M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
405 Dodge Building
Michael Joviala114/12
MUSI 2314002/62814T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
803 Dodge Building
Ramin Amir Arjomand17/12
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2314001/27188M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
405 Dodge Building
Michael Joviala110/12
MUSI 2314002/71023T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
803 Dodge Building
Ramin Amir Arjomand110/12

MUSI UN2315 Ear Training, II.1 point.

Techniques of sight-singing and dictation of diatonic melodies in simple and compound meter with strong emphasis on harmonic dictation.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2315001/16495M W 3:10pm - 4:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Michael Joviala15/12
MUSI 2315002/62590T Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Barami Waspe14/12
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2315001/21533M W 3:10pm - 4:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Barami Waspe18/12
MUSI 2315002/25522T Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Peter Susser112/12

MUSI UN2318 Music Theory I.3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., Lab Required

Prerequisites: MUSI V1002 or the equivalent, as well as placement exam administered in the first class meeting every semester the course is offered. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I.)
Corequisites: one course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314, V2315, V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.)

Elementary analysis and composition in a variety of modal and tonal idioms. A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.

Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2318001/69684M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Maeve Sterbenz39/18
MUSI 2318002/29620T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Maeve Sterbenz36/18
Course NumberSection/Call NumberTimes/LocationInstructorPointsEnrollment
MUSI 2318

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