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Stephen C Rumph
Seattle Campus

Opera: 1750-1830

Gluck through Bellini.

Class description

"Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung." We will be studying Wagner's four-opera masterpiece from musical, dramatic, philosophical, and political angles. Along with analyzing his famous leitmotives, chromatic harmony, and musical prose, we will trace the progression of his allegorical vision from 1848 revolutionary socialism to 1876 conservative monarchism, from utopian anarchism to world-renouncing pessismism. The course will involve a good deal of outside listening and viewing (3-4 hours/week), as well as readings from primary and secondary sources. This is a chance to explore one of the grandest and most influential masterpieces of modern musical history.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stephen C Rumph
Date: 01/28/2011