Music 298. Experimental Courses
Bach, Handel and the Baroque Style
Why is the music of Bach and Handel regarded as the culmination of the musical Baroque? A look at the lives and works of these two composers against the backdrop of the musical, cultural, social, and political history of 17th- and 18th-century western Europe. There are no prerequisites for this course.
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.