TOK Vienna lesson revisited

This lesson:
used to be part of my TOK teaching programme when my school offered the IBDP. Now it forms part of the Scholars’ Club programme which engages the VIth form in wider aspects of study as preparation for university interviews and courses.

The idea is to trace the development of art by considering Vienna – An experimental station for the collapse of mankind – as a synecdoche for the world in general. The idea is to see the movements of artisitc development – the Romantics, the neo Classicists and the Revolutionaries (Sezession) as a natural product of a glorious but complacent society in which a steadily more orotund aristocracy drove the proponents of the new underground and in which anti semitism was as natural as kaffee und kuchen.

Music Links: Wien, Wien nur du allein. Tauber Haydn Symphony 94 Beethoven EROICA Der Leierman Schubert Winterreise (Fischer Dieskau) J Strauss Blue Danube Mahler Symphony 6 Berg Wozzeck interlude R Strauss Rosenkavalier Trio