The History of the Modern B

Module code: W3032
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

By combining analysis of scores and social history, this module examines the establishment from the early 19th century to the present day, of counter-cultures that subvert the authority of the 'classical', both within the concert-hall and beyond. It considers the consequences of modernism's estrangement from the aspirations of the concert-going public, the aesthetic re-alignments prompted by the emergence of a popular mass culture, and the impact of electronic and digital technology.

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 competence in the reading of musical scores and show comprehension of the technical means by which they are written.
  • Demonstrate, via appropriate format, detailed analysis of a selected topic, extensive research and appropriate methodology.