Music 784: Twentieth-Century Music I
Fact Sheet

Professor: Hubert Howe
E-mail address:
Office: New Music Building, Room 350
Telephone: 718-997-FUNK (997-3865)
Course Web site:

Class Hours: Wednesday 5:00 PM to 7:50 P.M. in room 351

Assignments: The subject of the course is music in the first half of the 20th century, or until the second world war. The assignments for the course include a review of a concert of new music and an oral presentation on a composer from a list that will be given to you, including the playing of at least one piece of music by that composer which you have studied in depth with the score. This is an integral part of the course, in that several of the composers whom we will study will be presented to the class through these reports. In order to acquire information on the composer, you may use the library, the internet, or even conversations with the composer him- or herself or persons who knew the composer.

Examinations: There will be a final examination, given during the examination period. It will include identification of works through listening and essay questions. A list of repertory studied will be updated on the web site periodically throughout the course. Your grade will include an evaluation of your classroom performance.

Textbook and reference materials: There is no textbook required for the course. The only books I recommend are Robert P. Morgan's Twentieth-Century Music and Music Since 1945: Issues, Materials and Literature by Elliott Schwartz and Daniel Godfrey. Rather than textbooks, I suggest that you read biographical writings about the composers and analytical studies of their music. A bibliography of such materials is given here. It is more important to listen to and study the scores yourself than to read books about the music. When you do a report on the work of a composer, you should consult several references in the Music Library and on the internet.

Listening material: Listening material will be posted to the internet, through this web site.