The New German School was a controversial term coined in 1859 to legitimise the self-consciously progressive art of figures such as Wagner and Liszt. This course explores the music and aesthetic theories of these two composers against the backdrop of contemporary debates and reception politics. Their personal relationship will also be scrutinized in detail. Works to be studied include selections from Liszt's symphonic poems and piano works, Wagner's Tristan, Die Meistersinger and Ring tetralogy.
1 x 1hr lecture/week, 1 x 2hr seminar/week
1 x research essay (50%); 2 x in-class tests (20%); 1 x in-class presentation (20%); Seminar participation (10%)
It is expected that students will have some knowledge of harmonic and formal practices up to 1850.