Musical Revolutions (W3032)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: