Rethinking Classical Music
Module code: W3041
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Portfolio
This module invites you to re-think the history of Western art music (so-called “classical” music) using traditional and non-traditional methods.
- engage with a historically informed, critical examination of the concept of classical music
- consider its ideological presuppositions (for example, capitalism, colonialism, and feminist approaches)
- creatively re-write, re-arrange, reinterpret or respond to key works from the Western art music canon.
In recent years, we’ve worked with compositions by Beethoven and Debussy.
Module learning outcomes
- Apply an understanding of musical concepts through practical analysis or compositional exercises
- Confidently demonstrate knowledge of a range of approaches to musical analysis and composition methods
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the distinctive qualities, components and aesthetics of music in relation to specific repertoires
- Demonstrate an understanding of current debates in musicology pertaining to historic Western art music