What is the (Musical) Enlightenment?
"What is Enlightenment?" Thus Immanuel Kant posed the fundamental question that occupied philosophers and artists of late eighteenth-century Europe. In this seminar we will explore both Kant's broad question and a more focused--and perhaps more complex--one: What is the Musical Enlightenment? To answer this, we will engage a wide range of music from the period (operas, symphonies, keyboard music, chamber music, concertos), exploring its context through readings in aesthetics and philosophy.