Study of the aesthetic, thematic, and personal connections among three of Russia’s towering figures: Vladimir Soloviev, Alexander Blok,
and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The course will examine in depth the creative works of the philosopher-poet Soloviev, the poet-dramatist
Blok, and the composer-pianist Rachmaninoff (for whom poetry was second only to music). Master themes and global concepts linking
the three creative artists include the yearning for harmony; exploration of Russian Orthodox religiosity; elevation of the –eternal
feminineî of Sophia (the body of God); and connection between beauty and goodness. Representative philosophical, poetic, and musical
works, respectively, of the three artists will be examined. Offered in alternate years.