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Wagner and Wagnerism: Richard Wagner's Music and Influence from the 1840s to the Present (FYS)
Fall 2022
Section: 01  

Richard Wagner is perhaps the most influential composer who ever lived. Not only an influence on every musician who followed him, he has also had enormous influence on literature, the theatre, visual arts, and even politics. His music is beautiful but controversial. His ideas range from the most exalted, idealistic visions of the future and human possibility to some confused political notions and a particularly virulent antisemitism. In the words of one of his countless biographers, "Humanity has paid dearly for the Wagnerian patrimony." He was a particular favorite of Hitler, but also of W.E.B. Du Bois. Can Wagner and his legacy be redeemed? Should it? The first step is to understand exactly what this complicated man and his long shadow are all about.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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