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
This course is not offered in 2016.