MUS 107 Verdi and Wagner (Not offered 2004-2005)

This course will look closely at several works of the two opera giants of the nineteenth century, Giuseppi Verdi and Richard Wagner. The two composers and their operas will be studied in their historical and social context in order to shed light on both the individual works and on the social conditions and values they expressed. Works to be studied will be drawn from among Verdi's Macbeth, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Don Carlo, Aida, Othello, and Falstaff, and Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander, Tannhauser, Tristan und Isolde, Ring of the Nibelungen, and Parsifal. Format: lecture. Evaluation will be based on participation, quizzes, a final exam, and a research paper. No prerequisites or musical background assumed. Those who have taken Music 101 or 106 are particularly welcome.