Summer 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Barcelona: Music and Culture is an interdisiciplinary couse that will focus on the cultural history highlighting the foremost figures in the arts and cultural landscape of the dynamic society of the capitol of Catalonia, Barcelona. The economic "boom" which Barcelona experienced during eh mid-Nineteenth to early Twentieth Century will be studied with special attention as this propelled the cultural life of the city. Thus Barcelona became a magnet for great art: musicians such as Isaac Albeniz, Enric Granados, Pablo Casals, Painters such as Cerda, De las Casas, Dali, and Picasso, and numerous important architects, the most famous among them Antoni Gaudi. A milleu of artists, musicians fand filmakers helped to engender "Surealismo" - of Luis Bunuel, Dali, and Garcia Lorca.
Political unrest during the third decade fo the Twentieth Century brought about the brutal Civil War which spawned reflections in literature: Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, and the populist Canciones de la Republica/Songs of the (ill fated) Republic which we will hear in class.
Barcelona by Robert Hughes ISBN
Gaudi by Gijs Van Hensbergen ISBN 0-06-093567-4
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell Lib of Congress: 52-6442
Assigned listening on the Naxos Music Library/McDermott, and in class listening.
Readings from: Albeniz-Portrait of a Romantic, Joys and Sorrows/Pablo Casals, The Music of Spain/Giblert Chase - all accessible on the efile for this course in the database of McDermott Library.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Five Aesthetic essays of two pages in length - to be presented in class during the course of the semester.
A final paper of eight to ten pages in length.