The Rise of Classical Music A

Module code: W3054
Level 5
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

Combining cultural history and analysis of scores, this module examines the establishment of a 'classical' repertoire in concert-hall, opera-house and the home, from the first decades of the 19th century. It will include examination 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.

This 30-credit version of the module has an additional weekly seminar in which these issues are examined through close case study of particular works/phenomena. You will be guided in making a critical response in the form of an creative exercise which may take the form of a composition or analysis depending on your individual area of interest.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the impact of authoritative models upon the creative imagination of composers during the period covered by the course, 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.
  • Undertake an in depth analysis of a related set of work or phenomena and make a critical response in the form of a practical exercise. The exercise may take the form of composition, analytical exercise or written essay depending on the individual student's area of interest.