Level of study Second Year
Credit value 20
Semester Not running Spring 2012. Further information available June 2012.
This course will study music and related literature from the ‘fin-de-siècle’ of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, examining such issues as the decline of Romanticism into sometimes ‘decadent’ hyperbole and the obsessive interest in extremes of emotion, often expressed by equally excessive musical means. The course will focus particularly on the music of Richard Strauss, Mahler, Busoni and Scriabin, and on literature such as Wilde’s Salome and Huysman’s Against Nature.