MUSICOL 305 - Special Course
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course looks at 19th-century opera through the lens of political revolution. From Beethoven’s Fidelio to Verdi’s Don Carlos, the 19th-century operatic stage was full of political intrigue, and peopled by tyrants, enslaved communities, and insurgent heroes. We will look closely at a small group of operas in the context of French, German, and Italian revolutionary politics, thinking carefully about the links between the operatic stage and the world of political action. Readings will include sources on individual operas as well as more general historical and literary studies. Under the broad theme of revolution, we will address topics such as gender and the revolutionary hero, representations of kingship, citizenship, landscape, nostalgia, and constructions of the crowd. The course will also provide an introduction to 19th-century operatic forms and conventions. Evaluation will be based on participation and three short papers.

MUSICOL 305 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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