MSC 577 Symphony after Beethoven

Beethoven's 9th symphony, from its very first performance on, leads to a complicated reception history. Some major reactions, early and after, can be cited as follows: crisis of symphony in the German speaking culture domain, Berlioz's symphonie fantastique and Liszt's 12 Poemes symphoniques, drame lyrique of Wagner -who considers himself as being brought to ``the other side of the red sea'' through Beethoven-, music-esthetic considerations like Brendel's Zukunftsmusik and the schism among absolute and programmatic music according to Hanslick, monumental symphonies by Bruckner and Mahler, symphonists and reactions to symphonic forms during the 20th century etc. Essayistic involvement in German and French by some 19th century composers like Schumann, Liszt, Wagner and Berlioz deserves a special attention regarding the problematic. Topics, readings and work selection of course are refreshed as per the specific phenomenon im Visier of current semester. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

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