SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
Section: 003 Czech Poetry in Song
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
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Meets with “Czech Vocal Literature,” taught under Voice Literature 504/388 in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. While the School of Music aspect of the course is open to piano and voice students whose focus is performance, “Czech Poetry in Song” is open to non-music majors and the focus is on Czech cultural history, poetry, and what happens when that poetry is set to music. An overview of Czech poetry may include texts from the Kralice Bible, the Dvur Králové “manuscript,” folk texts, and poetry by Hálek, Sládek, Hejduk, Carek, Nezval, Seifert, and others, as set by Czech composers that include Smetana, Dvorák, Suk, Janácek, Martinu, Haas, Ježek, Kaprálová, and Eben.

All songs will be performed in class in the original Czech by music majors, and English translations will be provided ahead of time for the class.

There is also the opportunity to hone Czech pronunciation skills as these issues are addressed throughout the course.

Course Requirements:

Assignments include short presentations on poets, and a final paper on one assigned song setting (a recording of the song will be on reserve): When music is joined with poetry, a new art form is created—has the composer’s setting of the poem illuminated the poetry in any way for you? Why? Did your impression of the poem on first reading differ from when you heard the composer’s setting? Did the composer alter the original words? If so, what was the result? How does the song reflect Czech culture at the time it was written? Etc.

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge of Czech is required. Permission of instructor required.

Class Format:

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SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
MF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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