Music and Travel in the Long 19th Century – ONLINE

MHS 594
Music and Travel in the Long 19th Century – ONLINE
June 27–August 3, 2023 / Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-11:30 a.m. EDT
Online course

Stephen Armstrong

In this seminar, we will explore the intersections of music and travel in the long 19th century. In addition to studying how travel inspired composers and performers, we will also discuss the role of musical tourism in the development of Classical and Romantic styles. Readings include interdisciplinary research in musical travel, mobility theory, and the correspondence of musical tourists. Sessions include the travels of Mozart and Haydn; musical tourism after the fall of Napoleon; the Byronic travels linking Liszt, Berlioz, and Paganini; virtual tourism in opera staging; social and geographic mobility in the careers of Joplin and Gottschalk; the musical travelers at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle; and the transatlantic connections of Dvořák, Burleigh, and Macdowell. Assignments include reading responses, listening journals, and a final project to be presented to the seminar.

$5,670 / 3 credits

“This was a wonderful course with really smart people in it [and] an inspiring, humble, and knowledgeable teacher.”  — 2020 academic-year student