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Dialogue of Civilizations Program in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria

Salzburg and Vienna, Austria

May 10 – June 21, 2011

This program will be a survey of Central European Music from Haydn through the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Webern, Berg) We will study the evolution of local composers like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Strauss etc, as well as classical genres popular from 1750-1950.  Students will attend many concerts in venues where premier performances of the studied works were given. We will visit Vienna for 5 days and attend performances at the Vienna State Opera, the famed Musikverein as well as Joseph Haydn’s workplace Eszterháza in Fertod, Hungary.

MUSC 1123: Music of the Classical Era
The course will be split into two sections.  We will discuss on the composers including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.  Classes during the day will focus on specific genres as well as specific works by major central European composers.  Site visits later in the day will provide context for these works.

For each section of the course students will split into groups where they will research a specific work and give a presentation on the that work at the end of the section.  Material for each piece will be gathered before leaving for Salzburg.

Students will also be introduced to Austrian culture on many levels.  They will stay in Salzburg with host families, and will make trips to different Austrian cultural sites around Salzburg.  Students will spend 3–5 days in Vienna to see concerts at the Musikverein and Vienna State Opera as well as visiting different cultural sites there.  A trip to Eszterhazy Palace in Hungary will also be available.  Student accommodations on this trip will be a student hostel, where they will live and interact with other European students.

In addition to their group projects, students will work in pairs to study certain cultural sites where they are to operate as the class “tour-guide”.  Before visiting each site each pair of students will give a short presentation to the class on that site.

MUSC 1125: Twentieth-Century Music
Focuses on musical developments in Vienna from 1900 to 1925, examining a broad range of vocal and instrumental works by the composers Gustav Mahler, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern. Situates their musical characteristics among contemporaneous Viennese developments in literature, philosophy, psychology, and the visual arts, including Peter Altenberg, Sigmund Freud, Richard Gerstl, Carl Jung, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Kraus, Egon Schiele, Arthur Schnitzler, and Otto Weininger.

Type of Accommodations
Host Families, Four Days in a youth hostel in Vienna

Eligibility Requirements
GPA of 2.75 or higher (exceptions through interview)

Director: Won-Hee An
Co-Director: Brian Robison
Assistant: Patrick Owen
This program is associated with Salzburg College