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HUMA5009 Western Art Music in Context

Module Overview

This module will examine the main historical genres and figures of Western Music History ranging from eleventh century up to twentieth century using a thematic approach to topics. Its broad-ranging scale explores and highlights key works and figures throughout the expansive literature of Western Art Music History based on identifiable themes with each theme spanning approximately two weeks. The music chosen will reflect the main themes that will be covered in the module, such as, opera, music in Western worship, orchestral music, music and politics. This module will discuss music as a tool within its surrounding political, social and cultural contexts and aim to integrate attendance of music performances as part of the learning process.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Equip you with a basic understanding of the history of Western Art Music from the eleventh century up to the twentieth century and the contexts in which that music originated • Critically explore and engage important works and concepts throughout the history of Western Art Music

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Some main composers and works that make up the history of Western Art Music such as Palestrina, Beethoven, Schumann and Wagner
  • The ways in which these composers and works were shaped by the history through which they lived (including political, social and economic contexts)
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work effectively to construct narratives out of a range of sources, including primary ones
  • Gather information independently from a cross-section of disciplinary resources
  • Organize and structure material either to argue or present confidently
  • Critically analyse and form independent thought and ideas
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss critically key works and genres of a wide variety of art music of each period from eleventh to twentieth century
  • Understand broadly how Western art music fits into the wider context of Western history
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Transfer methods and ideas from music history to the wider study of history (political, social and economic) and vice-versa.

Syllabus

This module will examine the main historical genres and figures of Western Music History ranging from eleventh century up to twentieth century using a thematic approach to topics. Its broad-ranging scale explores and highlights key works and figures throughout the expansive literature of Western Art Music History based on identifiable themes with each theme spanning approximately two weeks. The music chosen will reflect the main themes that will be covered in the module, such as, opera, music in Western worship, orchestral music, music and politics. This module will discuss music as a tool within its surrounding political, social and cultural contexts and aim to integrate attendance of music performances as part of the learning process.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • A weekly two hour class incorporating lecture and seminar elements • Lecturer-led analysis and discussion of sources • Sharing of ideas and materials via Blackboard and other electronic resources Learning activities include • A wide range of reading (certain reading of books and articles will be required) • Study of selected musical examples • Study of selected audio and video recordings • Individual research, including work with primary sources • Use of online resources to find material relating to the subjects being studied • Compulsory attendance of lunchtime concerts at the Turner Sims Concert Hall

TypeHours
Teaching48
Independent Study252
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal feedback on:- • Feedback in class discussion • Tutorial assistance in tutor’s open hours • Self assessment by use of online resources Music review (2000 words): encourages you to demonstrate knowledge of music, synthesis of methods and approaches, and your own critical insights based upon attendance of a concert performance from a selected list of musical events Final essay. (2000 words) Tests ability to correlate, distinguish and comment upon the different genres, stylistic characteristics and components of composers, works from each period from a topic drawn from the material covered in the module

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 60%
Music review  (2000 words) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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