This module aims to introduce you to some of the major musical forms, techniques and styles cultivated between 1750 and 1900. During the module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of ‘Classical’ and ‘Romantic’ musical styles and genres while offering further opportunities to practice and develop your academic writing skills. Lectures provide ‘snapshots’ of major genres of the period, such as the symphony, string quartet, concerto, solo sonata, song, and opera while follow-up seminars offer opportunities to have a detailed look at individual pieces of music and to practise invaluable related analytical or writing skills in small, focused groups.
Your knowledge and understanding of ‘Classical’ and ‘Romantic’ musical styles and genres will be developed through familiarity with the course recordings and scores, and subsequent discussion of their important features. Your listening skills will be enhanced by studying the core repertory of recordings, and will be assessed (informally) through practice quizzes in seminars, and (formally) through the listening examination.
Your writing and analytical skills will be developed and assessed (informally) through practical exercises in seminars and in your own study and (formally) through the written assignments.