MUSICOL 413 - History of Opera
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is devoted to the study of opera in the first two centuries of its existence, from its beginnings just before 1600 to nearly the end of the 18th century. Opera is to be studied critically as music, as theater, as spectacle, as performance medium, and as cultural expression. Special aspects of this course include lectures on operatic eroticism, singers of baroque opera, opera's arrival in the Americas, and the financing and staging of early opera. While some of the lectures and listening assignments will be organized around excerpts, others will be designed to focus on whole operas, their musical dramaturgy, historical significance, economics, modes of production, and reception in performance. Composers to be studied include Peri, Caccini, Da Gagliano, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Lully, Purcell, Hidalgo, A. Scarlatti, Handel, Vivaldi, Hasse, Rameau, Gluck, Salieri, Sarti, Piccinni, Mozart, and Haydn. The assignments in this course will be primarily listening assignments, supplemented by score study, readings from the coursepack or materials on reserve, and some in-class performances. Grades will be based on written work (three short papers) and class participation.

MUSICOL 413 - History of Opera
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001 (LEC)
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