MUSIC 4222 - [Music and Monstrous Imaginings]
Fall. Offered on demand. 4 credits. Student option grading.
Explores intersections between musical, literary and visual culture at the margins of the rational around 1800. How do the monstrous, mad and fantastical figure in cultural theory and practice of the period? What is the role of deception and illusion? In what kinds of performance do the imaginary and real intersect? What are the implications of theories of genius and imagination for the conception of ‘eccentric’ works of art?
Readings include Burke, Todorov, Diderot, Abbate, E. T. A. Hoffman, Freud, with music from C. P. E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Paganini. Topics include the sublime and the beautiful, genius and inspiration, automata, the glass harmonica, the grotesque, and the uncanny. A reading knowledge of German will be helpful.
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