Advanced study of selected music of the 19th century, considered from a range of historical, analytical, and critical perspectives. 2015 Offering: Music from the 'long' 19th-century forms the core of the Western art-music canon, and many of our ideas about art music (including the notion of canon itself) have their roots in this century; but how well do we really understand the music and composers that we so often take for granted? Using a selection of representative works of a variety of genres and national origins as case studies, this course investigates the cultural and historical rationale behind the products of what has often been glorified - or vilified - as an irrational age. Through consideration of, for example, the dark side of Schubert, Schumann's use of codes, Berlioz's inability to write a concerto, Brahms's inferiority complex, Wagner's anti-Semitism, and Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic women, we will examine the sometimes surprisingly familiar, sometimes startlingly unfamiliar, assumptions that underpinned the composition, performance, and reception of 19th-century Western art music, and the ways in which these continue to resonate today. 100% internal assessment. Co-taught with MUSC 237.
Taught by the School of New Zealand School of Music, part of the Faculty of New Zealand School of Music
Coordinator: Inge Van Rij.
Teaching dates 13th July 2015 - 23rd August 2015
Teaching dates 7th September 2015 - 18th October 2015