The Rise of Classical Music B

Module code: W3031
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Combining cultural history and analysis of scores, this module looks at the establishment of a 'classical' repertoire in concert-hall, opera-house and the home, from the first decades of the 19th century. You will examine of the authoritative influence exerted by such figures as Bach and Beethoven throughout this period and the varieties of 'neo-classical' response during the 20th century.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the impact of authoritative models upon the creative imagination of composers during the period covered by the module, demonstrating in particular an understanding of the social structures and institutions that reinforced such authority to define the roles and function of the resulting music.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of music's inner workings.
  • Show ability to describe, analyse and interpret music.
  • Demonstrate, via appropriate format, detailed analysis of a selected topic, extensive research and appropriate methodology.