Reading and Writing about Visual Experience: Music and the Visual Arts
From fifteenth-century Flanders to present-day California, music has had a rich and varied relationship with the visual arts. This course will consider a range of topics in musical-artistic contact, including representations of music making, composers who painted and who sought to represent paintings in their music, portraits of composers, musical iconography in still lifes, written music as visual art, synaesthesia, and recent video art with musical subjects. This range of material will provide a starting point for the refinement of skills in academic reading and writing through analysis of both visual and musical evidence. No previous musical experience is assumed or required.