MHST 569: Music and Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
This course explores the shift from late Romanticism to Modernism in the musical and cultural climate of Vienna, 1870-1914. Works by Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern as well as popular music by the Strauss family, Lehar and others will be examined in the context of contemporaneous artistic trends (Art Nouveau and Secession, Expressionism, Modernism). These artistic developments will be observed within the context of broader cultural themes such as the emergence of German nationalism and anti-Semitism, the status of women in the society, popular versus elite art, the problem of Jewish artists' identity in Viennese society, and art as social critique, among others.
(2 credits) K. Markovic