BA Music and Drama / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Music post 1900
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
An introduction to some significant Western musical works from the 20th and 21st centuries, with emphasis on historical trends and analytical aspects.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Tonality: Form and Function||MUSC10011||Pre-Requisite||Recommended|
|Tonality: Motive and Meaning||MUSC10022||Pre-Requisite||Optional|
- To acquaint students with 20th- and 21st-century Western musical repertoire and trends, and with various analytical approaches thereto.
- To show how historical, analytical and aesthetic issues may be mutually illuminating in challenging musical repertoire.
- To foster initiatives in project design with a view to third-year dissertation writing.
- The syllabus is published on Blackboard prior to the commencement of the course
- Lectures emphasize historical, social and aesthetic issues, while seminars are mainly devoted to analytical issues
Teaching and learning methods
- Course documentation and bibliographies online
- Use of electronic databases such as Naxos and Classical Music Online.
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a selection of significant musical works from the 20th and 21st centuries, and some of their key technical features.
- Understand and evaluate musical analyses encountered in modern scholarly studies.
- Identify and discuss the broad lines of Western music history since 1900 and recent discourse surrounding them.
- Use a range of established techniques for analysing and interpreting musical materials.
- Demonstrate improved score-reading skills.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Demonstrate enhanced interpersonal and presentational skills.
- ¿ Analytical skills applied to musical scores and texts ¿ Exercising initiative in both devising assignments within a loose framework ¿ Time-management and informational skills
Weighting within unit
Coursework assignment 1
Coursework assignment 2
2,000 words or equivalent
3,000 words or equivalent
- Assignments annotated and assessed via Turnitin
- Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hour or by making an appointment)
Griffiths, Paul, Modern Music and After, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1995
Ross, Alex, The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, London, Fourth Estate, 2007
Taruskin, Richard, The Oxford History of Western Music, vols. 4 and 5, New York, Oxford University Press, 2005.
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|David Fanning||Unit coordinator|