Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is about the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the history of Western classical music from Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. Alcohol, insanity, violence, sex, groupies, politics and revolution: these terms aren’t often used in conjunction with classical music composers, but they accurately describe attributes of the lives of many of the greatest classical musicians. The class will incorporate readings, recordings and film to explore the fascinating music and troubled lives of classical “bad boy geniuses” such as C. Gesualdo, L. van Beethoven, F. Schubert, R. Schumann, F. Liszt, R. Wagner,
P. I. Tchaikovsky and many others.
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