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MUSI2146 Haydn in London

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • specific works Haydn wrote during or just after his stay in England. Examples could include the 12 ‘London’ symphonies, the opera L’anima del filosofo, the piano trios Hob. XV: 18-31, the English Canzonettas and the oratorios The Creation and the The Seasons
  • concert life in London in the decades around 1800.
  • the interaction of a contemporary ‘cultural hero’ with the culture of a major European city
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • find, use, and understand primary sources relating to Haydn's visit to London and cultural life in the city around 1800
  • find, use and understand secondary literature on Haydn and the London
  • demonstrate scholarly research skills (bibliography), off and online
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Synthesise complex arguments
  • Express yourself to a high standard in writing


At the time of his arrival in England in early 1791, Joseph Haydn was widely considered to be Europe’s foremost composer. Indeed, he was more than that, a kind of ‘cultural hero’ (James Webster). In this module we will explore Haydn’s two sojourns in England (1792-94 and 1795-97), focussing both on the music he wrote here and the contexts in which he worked. The most important of these contexts is, of course, the metropolis London, then as now one of the world’s most important cities. By learning about the man, his music, and the place, we will come to understand how music history can be more than just the history of composers and their works, for without London Haydn would have been a far different composer.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods: lectures group discussion exercises tutorials (individually or in small groups, depending on the number of students registered for the module) Learning methods: individual and group study of recorded music (including web resources) individual study of primary and secondary literature preparing written assignments

Independent Study63
Follow-up work32
Assessment tasks31
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Wyn Jones, David (2002). Haydn. 

Robbins Landon, H.C. (1976). Haydn: Chronicle and Works. 

Wyn Jones, David (2013). The Land of Opportunity: Joseph Haydn and Great Britain. 


Assessment Strategy

Differentiation between 2nd and 3rd level work The assessment of skills will be the same as for 2nd level students. For 3rd year students, expectations will be higher than those for 2nd level students, and the assessment criteria will be accordingly stricter. In particular: • Topics chosen should allow a greater degree of focus and detail, whether of analysis, examination of and commentary on facts, critical insight, independent argument, or other factors. • Conversely, assignments should demonstrate a broader knowledge and understanding of context, a more confident use of analytical and critical tools, and a more mature handling of argument, etc. • Optimal standards of presentation are required, in terms of spelling, punctuation, and grammar; sophistication of vocabulary; provision of footnotes; inclusion of full bibliographic and related details; physical appearance of work, etc. In short, 3rd level students should aspire at all times to the highest possible levels of undergraduate work.


Draft essay


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1600 words) 80%
Exam  (1 hours) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2200 words) 100%
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