This unit will explore the fantastic as a central aspect of romanticism in its various manifestations, including the uncanny, the daemonic and the alienated. In music, this meshes fruitfully with the fantasy as a genre, which is similarly dependent on the imagination and the evasion of clear boundaries. A range of Lieder, operas, symphonic and solo works by composers such as Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schubert will be studied against the backdrop of literary and artistic innovations by Goethe, Hoffmann, Byron, and Friedrich. Theories of the fantastic by Todorov, Freud and others will also be examined.
One 2-hour seminar/week
Essay (40%); Critical/ analytical assignment (15%); Listening and score-based tests (20%); Presentation (15%); seminar participation (10%)
It is expected that students will have some knowledge of harmonic and formal practices up to 1850.
MCGY3029 or MCGY3037