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HIS 295‐03 ST Tyrants and Tunesmiths: Music and the State in Modern Europe Fall Semester 2009 Tuesday and Thursday 12:45‐2:05 Alumni Recitation Hall #131 COURSE INFORMATION Dr. Kelly J. Maynard, Grinnell College Department of History Office: Mears #211 Office Phone: (641) 269‐4465 Office Hours: M/W 10:00‐12:00, T 2:15‐6:15, and by appointment Email: [email protected] QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course examines the complex relationship between music production and political power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in four national contexts: France, Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union. We consider specific relationships among composers, politicians, and institutions and seek to understand how such relationships helped to shape both the works themselves and the political and social realities around them in the processes of inception, performance, and reception. In class we analyze a range of sources from personal letters to staging sketches, newspaper articles, aesthetic treatises, political rants, musical scores, costumes, libretti, and poetry. The course also includes DVD viewings of several works and a field trip to the Chicago Lyric Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca. HIS 295‐03 ST/Maynard/Tyrants/F09/p.2 Course requirements are comprised of regular participation and weekly prepared discussion points, four brief response papers, and a final, peer‐reviewed presentation on a musico‐political topic of students’ own devising. Please note that no particular training or expertise in music is required for this class. Curiosity is a great place to start. REQUIRED TEXTS Jane Fulcher, The Nation’s Image: French Grand Opera as Politics and Politicized Art (Cambridge University Press, 1987/2002) ISBN: 0521529433 ‐ paperback Christopher McIntosh, The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria (Tauris Parke, 1982/2003) ISBN: 1860648924 ‐ paperback Alexandra Wilson, The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2007) ISBN: 0521106370 ‐ paperback Solomon Volkov, Shostakovich and Stalin: The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the Brutal Dictator (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004) ISBN: 0375410821 ‐ hardcover Additional readings (indicated by a bullet •) will be available on e‐reserve, on Pioneer Web, or handed out in class. Please note that the scheduling of all reading assignments is subject to change based on the ebb and flow of class discussions. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING Although introductory lectures provide the broad historical context for each of the units which we explore, this class otherwise is conducted like a seminar. Our meetings center around discussion of assigned readings and viewings, and it is through the free and open exchange of ideas that we all will benefit the most from the class. Your preparation and engagement, then, are crucial to its success. You must come to class with the reading materials in hand and a one‐page, printed list of prepared points in response to what you have seen, heard, and read. These points need not be formally presented. They literally may be a list in any format of thoughtful topics – observations, questions, disagreements – you would like to address in the course of discussion. The list will serve as an aide for you to contribute to the conversation, but it will also be collected at the end of each class and counted toward your overall grade. You are expected to attend class regularly, except in case of dire emergency. Please note that by definition, every absence from class has a negative impact upon the overall quality of our conversations. Your grade will be impacted accordingly. After two uncommunicated absences you will receive an F for the participation portion of the course grade. After three uncommunicated absences you will fail the course entirely. At the end of each of the four units which comprise the class, you will be asked to write a short but carefully‐crafted response paper of roughly five pages, analyzing the material which we have HIS 295‐03 ST/Maynard/Tyrants/F09/p.3 covered in readings, discussions, and viewing for that unit only. Papers are due at the beginning of class on the days indicated on the schedule. You may have a 48‐hour, penalty‐free extension on one of these deadlines according to the vicissitudes of your academic and personal commitments outside of this class. The only requirement for this extension is that you contact me at least 48 hours before the exam is due to notify me that you will be using the extension. Otherwise, late papers will not be accepted. At the end of the semester, each student will be responsible for a peer‐reviewed presentation of roughly 12 minutes in duration on a substantive, carefully‐researched topic of your own devising, developed in consultation with the instructor. Each presentation is expected to take into account political and social context as well as musical style and to incorporate a discuss ion of one or more of the broader issues raised during the semester. An annotated bibliography of the research sources for your presentation is also required and is due on the last meeting of class, Wednesday Dec. 16th. There is no final exam for this course. Your overall grade will be calculated according to the following formula: course participation 25% weekly prepared points 10% response papers (10% each) 40% annotated bibliography 10% final presentation 15% Students with any form of documented disability are encouraged to contact me early in the semester so that we can arrange for your learning needs to be met and for you to participate fully in the class. You will also need to provide documentation of your condition(s) to the Dean for Student Academic Support and Advising, Joyce Stern, on the third floor of the Rosenfield Center (x3702). COURSE SCHEDULE August 27 Introduction PART I FRANCE QuickTime™ and aTIFF (Uncompressed) decompressorare needed to see this picture. Sept 1 LECTURE: French Revolutions, 1789‐1871 Reading for Discussion Fulcher The Nation’s Image Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2 HIS 295‐03


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