Enlightenment Utopias

MUSC 0021K S01 [CRN: 27200]

This course delves into three musical works: Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, Haydn’s oratorio The Creation and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In getting to know these works, we become familiar with late Enlightenment and early Romantic musical styles, genres, and aesthetics. Along the way, we will explore the emergence of the idea of art music and the birth of modern conceptions of musical “genius.” Also embedded in these works are late Enlightenment attitudes and ideas about race, equality, and inclusion, and so we will use these works to think about whom and what the canon of art music includes and excludes. Readings will include Schiller’s Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man, the musical criticism and the fiction of E. T. A. Hoffmann, and contemporary scholarship in music studies.
Spring 2021
Credit Hours
Maximum Enrollment
Course Attributes
First Year Seminar
Primary Instructor
13:00 - 15:30 Thu - from Jan 20, 2021 to Apr 23, 2021
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