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IP104 (on Zoom) Romantic Literature and Music from Beethoven to Wagner

Monday, February 28, 2022, 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM
Online via Zoom

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Composers of the 19th century were deeply influenced by the works of such writers as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Lord Byron, Walter Scott and Victor Hugo. Join us as we explore a selection of literary-themed opera overtures and symphonic pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Rossini, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, and others. (Instructing off site via Zoom) (See full description below.)

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Minimum to run this class is 10 people on Zoom and in-house combined.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 12:00 AM
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Instructor: Nicolas Krusek

Week 1:
We begin with Beethoven’s overture and incidental music to Goethe’s play “Egmont,” Schubert’s incomplete setting of the same poet’s “Claudine von Villa Bella,” and a “Faust” overture by Louis Spohr.


Week 2: Rossini’s interest in Romantic literature began with “La donna del lago,” after Walter Scott’s “Lady of the Lake,” and culminated in his last and greatest opera, based on Schiller’s “William Tell.”


Week 3: Berlioz’s passion for English authors may be seen in his youthful Walter Scott overtures, “Waverley” and “Rob Roy,” and reaches a climax in his great Byronic symphony “Harold in Italy.”


Week 4: Mendelssohn’s cantata after Goethe’s “Die erste Walpurgisnacht” and his overture and incidental music to Hugo’s “Ruy Blas” aptly demonstrate his devotion to great Romantic poetry and drama.


Week 5: We conclude with a quartet of masterworks from the end of Robert Schumann’s career: the overture and incidental music to Byron’s “Manfred” and the overtures to Schiller’s “The Bride of Messina” and Goethe’s “Hermann and Dorothea” and “Faust.” For comparison, we will also consider Wagner’s excellent yet unjustly neglected “Faust Overture.”

Note: If you don't have access to the Zoom application on a computer, tablet or smart phone, Zoom presentations are also available by dialing in using a landline or cellphone. On the day and time of the course, call 778-907-2071 (within Metro Vancouver) and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode that were given after registering for the course. If you live outside of metro Vancouver, please look up the local phone number for your locationat (The calls are muted when you join the meeting, to unmute yourself, please press *6 - as per instructions on the phone). 

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