Fall 2021

The Virtual Realities of Romantic Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-443

Formerly listed as: MUSI-33

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Klara Moricz (Section 01)


Romantic composers loved to escape from the realities of every life into the perilous virtual worlds they created in their music. How can we explore these worlds and understand the technical means with which they were created? How can we interpret the splendid sound of music by using words whose discursive strength seems to endange music's ephemeral nature? Through close reading of nineteenth-century music by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, and Brahms, we will explore the possibilities of musical expression and meaning, searching for parallels between poetic and musical interpretation. Works will be considered from a number of different analytical perspectives including methods current in the nineteenth century and those developed more recently. Writing assignments will combine technical analysis with petic interpretation.

Two class meetings and two ear-training sections per week. Fulfills the departmental seminar equirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 242, 243, or 244. Fall semester. Professor Móricz.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2021