HUMN166 Europe Since 1789 - An Operatic Approach
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities
Course Number and TitleHUMN166 Europe Since 1789 - An Operatic Approach (Experimental)
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThe political and intellectual movements that swept Europe from the French Revolution to the present have found some of their most powerful expressions in a characteristically European art form - opera. This course examines fifteen major operas of the period, focusing on the historical fusion of literature and music in presenting ideals, philosophies, and political goals.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Understanding musical and operatic terminology
- Learning the principal, cultural and political movements of the period 1789-1945.
- Learning the plot and selected musical excerpts of 15 major operas.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:15 operas in chronological sequence of composition:
- The Magic Flute
- The Barber of Seville
- Lucia di Hammermoor
- Die Walkinere
- Boris Godnnor
- The Queen of Spades
- The Tales of Hoffermann
- La Boheme
- The Turn of the Screw
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:
- Audio and videotapes supplied by instructor
- Phil Goulding, A Ticket to the Opera
Teaching Methods Employed
- Lecture on social-political-cultural background
- Intensive watching/listening to musical exerpts, with comments by instructon
- Questions and answers on current performances, etc.
- Directed research into operas not covered in the course
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