Instructor: Rolf J. Goebel, PhD
This course provides a wide-ranging introduction into intersections among classical music, literature, and philosophy, with emphasis on German-speaking cultures. We will study composers from the Baroque period (Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, etc.), the Classical-Romantic period (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, etc.) and the modern period (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, etc.). We will also read poetry and narratives by German writers (Hölderlin, Thomas Mann, Rilke, etc.) related to the lives and works of composers. Finally, we will learn how philosophers (Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Adorno, etc.) have explained the nature, significance, and audience effects of music.