Music in Fin-de-Siècle Europe



This course investigates selected works from European art music from a relatively narrow but complicated historical period, roughly from the death of Wagner to the outbreak of World War I (1885-1915). This is an era that usually is characterized as “late Romantic” or “early Modern,” and is most often seen as transitional – on the way from romanticism to modernism. By isolating the generations that straddled 1900, we can get a better sense of its creative protagonists and diverse styles, as well as of the reciprocities between artistic practices, particularly in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Russia.


John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University