Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Music 298. Experimental Courses

Cinematic Opera and Anti-Semitic Controversy: The Legacy of Richard Wagner

There is no composer more controversial than Richard Wagner. His revolutionary operas and musical style changed the course of western European music. But his genius also had a dark side. His anti-Semitism and Germanic nationalism later provided the Nazis with an ideal artistic backdrop. This course seeks to untangle Wagner’s complicated legacy. No prerequisites, musical or otherwise.