Courses: Tones, Words, and Images (MUSCH250B01)

Spring 2011

This course explores musical, textual, and visual correspondences in art song, opera, ballet, tone poem and film. Principal works for study include Lieder settings on texts from Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister (Beethoven, Schubert, R. Schumann, et al.); The Magic Flute of Mozart, its influence on Beethoven’s Fidelio, and its 20th century reworkings (W.H. Auden, John Updike); Liszt’s Dante-inspired concert pieces; comparative treatments of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy, Sibelius, and others), and its connection to Bluebeard’s Castle (Balázs/Bartók, with reference to early symbolist theater & film) and Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-bleue; Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps and the original Nijinsky choreography; Kandinsky’s manifesto Concerning the Spiritual in Art, The Blue Rider, and their relation to music and painting of Schoenberg; more recent electro-acoustic text, tone and movement relations in examples by Paul Lansky, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, and others. Visual referencing features Palladian design through Pre-Raphaelite and art nouveau images to the contemporary glass sculpture set designs of Dale Chihuly.

Prerequisites: One 100-level course in Music or consent.

Fulfills: HU III


Music (Web site)

Taught By

Curt Cacioppo


Haverford, Union 114

Meeting Times

MW 2:30-4:00