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MUS2004 : Themes in Musical Modernism

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To explore Early 20th Century Musics.
To engage with the materials and context of Early 20th Century Musics.
To explore the social, historical, philosophic and analytic contexts of composers and creative practitioners in the early 20th Century.
To be able to evaluate and critique stylistic traits and these musics.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module considers composers / creative practitioners and their musical works in the early part of the twentieth century. Perspectives will include not only the musical materials of these works but also their cultural context, historical placement, any aligned aesthetics or philosophes and may also include analytic readings.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1138:00138:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce knowledge and skill and demonstrate application
Small group teaching offers closer supervision of hands-on assignments
Tutorials are arranged with the Module Leader for discussion of student led themes
Independent study follows set exercises appropriate to each strand chosen
Reflective Learning Activity is an opportunity for students to meet and discuss their progress in dedicated sessions that can be independently led or facilitated bmy the Module Leader.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1A15Literary Review - 500 words
Research proposal1A15Proposal for 70% Research Paper - 500 words
Research paper2A703,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Throughout the module the students will have explored a variety of people and musics from this era. The portfolio submission will reflect the pull between tradition and innovation; different understandings of modernism - reactive, enactive, utopian, nationalistic, for example; the impact of changing political and philosophical/epistemological contexts, etc. and then identify composers/artists/players/singers who represent these different currents.

The literary review considers a series of set texts and two of the students own choice, linked to the lectures and the themes listed above, that will inform their research proposal and paper.

The research proposal authored by the student will set out their research question, briefly explore the themes they will discuss, and show which sources they will be considering in support of their research paper.

The overarching theme of the research paper should draw upon the materials that have been engaged with during the module and should discuss some of the key shifts in the cultural and practical understanding of Western Art Music between 1890 and 1939. Concrete examples of musical works or compositional techniques should be used to support the research paper.

Reading Lists