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  • CAS MU 229: Masterpieces of Opera
    History of opera from late-Renaissance experiment through Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, Harbison. Emphasis on opera as a complex, multimedia genre continually redefining itself, its (often) noble aims conflicting with financial realities, inflated egos, a fickle public. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS MU 230: Mozart
    Study of Mozart's work in major genres--sonata, symphony, quartet, concerto, opera--viewed in the context of rapidly changing eighteenth-century political and intellectual currents: equality vs absolutism, free-market economy vs aristocratic patronage, freemasonry vs the church. Origins of the "Amadeus" myths.