Course - Politics and Morality on stage: German Musical Theatre in the Enlightenment - MUSV3134
MUSV3134 - Politics and Morality on stage: German Musical Theatre in the Enlightenment
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022
This course concerns German musical theatre of the enlightenment, concentrating on the second half of the century and the Singspiele of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Particular emphasis is placed on how German musical theatre reflectspolitical and socio-cultural discourses, and how these discourses are reflected in musical, textual and dramaturgical choices. Characteristic of the eighteenth-century German musical theatre was its strong didactical dimension. In the spirit of Enlightenment, it was an instrument of moral instruction a school for the nation which would ensure enlightened virtuous citizens as well as a strong and well-functioning state. Thus, German musical theatre had an important political function. In line with the spirit of the Enlightenment which saw the political future in enlightenment and education, literates, philosophers, artists, and not least sovereigns committed themselves to creating a German educational theatre. A clear result was the establishment of a number of German national theatres. Most known is possibly the national theatre of the emperor and Habsburg-ruler Joseph II, established in the culture centre Vienna in 1776. It was at this theatre that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Singspiel Die Enführung aus dem Serial was premiered in 1782. Through musical and textual analysis, this course concentrates on how the German musical theatre functioned as an integral part of eighteenth-century political communication. In fact, the German musical theatre articulated many contemporary eighteenth-century discourses: What is the ideal form of political government? What is the position of women in society? Should both men and women act as rulers? How do we conceive of Western and Oriental culture?
Knowledge: An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3133 - has deepened knowledge of eighteenth-century German musical theatre - has deepened knowledge of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Singspiele - has a broad understanding of relevant political, cultural and social developments within the given time span - has deepened knowledge about German musical theatre in political, cultural, social and historical context - has deepened knowledge about research methods and analytical tools used on opera within the given time span Skills: An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3133 - can critically discuss and analyse music and text in eighteenth-century German musical theatre - can critically discuss and analyse the interaction between music and text in eighteenth-century German musical theatre - can express his/her own knowledge in a convincing and coherent way both written and oral. - can reflect on his/her own professional practice based on his/her deepened knowledge. - can analyse eighteenth-century German musical theatre in light of its political, cultural, social and historical context.
Learning methods and activities
Teaching is organized in lectures and seminar activities.
- One written essay.
- Short oral presentation of the essay in one of the seminars.
Further on evaluation
The text for the home examination should have a length of about 45006000 words. If the candidate retakes the exam, there is no need to retake the compulsory assignments.
Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Admission to a programme of study is required:
Creative Music Technology (MMUST)
Music Performance (MMUSP)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSK)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Music Technology (BMUST)
Recommended previous knowledge
Ability to read modern music notation. General knowledge of European music history in the eighteenth century.
Required previous knowledge
Requires admission to one of the Bachelor's or Master's programmes in Musicology, Music Technology or Music Performance Studies.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: Norwegian
- Music History
- Music Theory
- Political History
- Music Pedagogy Subjects
- German Cultural Studies
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music
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