Summer 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Barcelona: Music and Culture is an interdisciplinary course which will explore the life and work of selected figures in the world of music, art, and architecture that were themselves products of the greater region known as Catalonia, with Barcelona as its capital.
To the north of Catalonia the Pyrenees mountain chain extends to within several kilometers of France, to the southeast, Catalonia has a continuous coast on the Mediterranean Sea and its connections to the Greco Roman culture, to the west there is Castile and the leadership of Spain. It is these geographic coordinates that over time form the crucible for this dynamic part of Europe with its history and rich indigenous cultural heritage centered in Barcelona. The readings have been selected to reflect the art, the cultural heritage, and to show how Catalan artists have reshaped artistic thinking beyond their native region, indeed some will say on a global scale, and how the City of Barcelona served as its catalyst.
Isaac Albeniz: Portrait of a Romantic, by Walter A. Clarke, Oxford ISBN 978-0-19-925052-3 Gaudi, A biography, by Gijs Van Hensbergen, Perennial/Harper Collins ISBN 0-06-621065-8, Barcelona, by Robert Hughes, Knopf, 0-069-7483-9, Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Periodic brief aesthetic essays, and a final paper.