MUSICOL 407 - Special Course
Section: 002 Operas of Mozart
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Graduate students elect MUSICOL 507.
May be repeated for credit.
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The course will provide an introduction to Mozart's major operas—from Idomeneo through La clemenza di Tito. After preliminary examination of the landscape of genre and Mozart's own earlier operas, we will focus (for each opera) on the libretto as literature, structure and expression in musical setting, political ramifications, performance conventions, and biographical contexts. Once we have looked at clues and cues for staging within the music, selective consideration will be given to the transition from page to stage in recent productions. Students are expected to bring scores of each opera to class (the Neue-Mozart-Ausgabe is available online, and Dover reprints are affordable and widely available).

Course Requirements:

Student performance will be evaluated on the basis of participation, three short writing assignments (two for undergraduates), and a research paper.

MUSICOL 407 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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002 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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