Undergraduate Course: Special History in Music: Wagner - Music, Philosophy and Culture (MUSI10050)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to Richard Wagner's complex roles as philosopher, composer, revolutionary and cultural barometer in 19th and 20th Germany. Students will study selected music dramas by Wagner together with his polemical prose writings. They will place the composer in the context of 19th-century German culture and society, exploring among other things his connections with Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and German nationalism, and will consider aspects of his posthumous reception, in particular under the Nazi and communist regimes.
This course will involve five fortnightly blocks, the first introducing nineteenth-century opera practices and Wagner's writings, and the remaining four focusing in turn on Tristan und Isolde, the RIng Cycle, the Meistersinger, and Parsifal. Over the course of the semester we will explore the music and libretti of Wagner's music dramas. We will contextualise his work in terms of nineteenth-century philosophy (Schopenhauer and Nietzsche), politics (utopian anti-capitalism, revolution, and nationalism), and socio-cultural issues (among them gender and anti-Semitism). Throughout the course we will also look at questions of staging, and Wagner's posthumous reception.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least three Music courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 3000-word essay (40%) - Week 7
1 x 3000-word essay (40%) - December Examination Period
1 x contribution to class blog (20%) - throughout Semester
||Students will receive oral feedback in seminars and will receive written feedback on their assessed essays. They will also receive written feedback on formative blog entries that they contribute to the class blog over the course of the semester. They will then have the opportunity to rework one of these entries, based on this feedback, for their summative blog post submission.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the musical language and libretti of Wagner┐s music dramas
- relate the music dramas to the wider socio-cultural currents of nineteenth-century Germany
- discuss the aesthetic philosophies of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
- analyse staging practices of the music dramas in the twentieth century
|A reading/resource list is available via the course LEARN site.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Seminars in Weeks 1-5 and 7-11.
|Course organiser||Dr Elaine Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 8248
|Course secretary||Miss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422