Sep 25, 2021  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GRMUS H679 — Romanticism, Pop Culture, and Media

2 credits
Edgardo Salinas

This course explores Romantic ideas and music from their origins in the eighteenth century to the present, examining their lasting influence on culture and society at large through the history of media and recording technologies. We begin studying how key Romantic ideas first manifested themselves in music, painting, and literature at the turn of the nineteenth century. Composers to be studied include Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Mahler. The class will follow the ways in which Romantic music and ideas were adapted and transposed to the new media technologies developed in the twentieth century, becoming thus an important part of pop culture via radio, television, and film. As we witness today the beginning of a “Digital Age,” the last part of the course will discuss the impact that digital technologies are having on the dissemination of Romantic values and contemplate the new possibilities opened by videogames, social media, and streaming platforms for the future of classical music as a whole.