The course will focus on music by Johannes Brahms that relates to death and mourning, in particular Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45. This body of work will be placed in a broad musical and cultural context. A wide range of German funeral music from the later seventeenth century through to the end of the nineteenth century will be examined, though largely in terms of its role in the shaping of Brahms’s compositional aesthetic. We shall also consider changing attitudes to death and to the memorialisation of death through music. Questions of liturgy and social context will be addressed, where appropriate.
Lecturer: Martin Ennis
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