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Richard J. Will

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Music
Office location and address
Randall 122
30 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Biography

Richard Will specializes in classical, folk, and roots music of America and Europe. He is the author of The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven(Cambridge University Press, 2002), and co-editor of Engaging Haydn: Culture, Context, and Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 2012).  He has also published essays on the symphony, the orchestra, opera, religious music, and folk music in a variety of journals and collections.  Currently he is working on a new book, Don Giovanni Live: Performance, Media, and the Progress of a Modern Myth.

A native of California, Will received his bachelor’s from U.C. Santa Cruz and his doctorate from Cornell.  He began teaching at UVa in 2001, following several years at the University of Washington.  His courses focus on 18th-century music, opera, and bluegrass performance.  In 2010-15 he served as music department chair.

A bluegrass fiddler and singer, Will performs locally and regionally and hosts a regular jam session for members of the university and Charlottesville communities.

MUSI 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 3020: Studies in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Music
Credits: 3
Study of selected repertories from the 17th and 18th centuries, emphasizing compositional style, performance practice, and the role of music within social, political, philosophical, and religious cultures of the time. Composers studied may include Lully, Corelli, Handel, J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mozart. Prerequisite: MUSI 3310 or instructor permission.
MUEN 3645: Bluegrass Workshop
Credits: 1
This course seeks to develop the playing, singing, and improvising skills necessary for the idomatic performance of bluegrass music, while also providing an opportunity for discussion of its origins and development. Appropriate for experienced players working to improve their knowledge or for players versed in other genres to learn new styles.
MUEN 3646: Bluegrass Band
Credits: 1
This course seeks to develop the advanced playing, singing, improvising, and collaborating skills necessary to perform in a traditional bluegrass band, along with knowledge of bluegrass history and repertoire. Prerequisite: MUEN 3645
MUSI 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4520: Critical Studies of Music
Credits: 3
Selected topics, announced in advance, exploring the study of music within critical frameworks. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7511: Introduction to Research in Music
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7520: Current Studies in Research and Criticism
Credits: 3
Current Studies in Research and Criticism Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
MUSI 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
MUSI 9910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.