Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS3051 : Richard Wagner and Wagnerism

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ian Biddle
  • Lecturer: Dr Paul Attinello, Mr Eric Doughney, Professor David Clarke, Dr Bennett Hogg
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This module aims to introduce students to the Music Dramas and operas of Richard Wagner and their aesthetic and musical legacies (up to the present day). The module will cover a range of approaches to this topic, including (but not limited to):
The philosophical background to Wagner’s musical ideas
The historical and political contexts
Strategies for understanding the musical materials (analytical approaches)
Approaching Wagner’s musical works as a historiographical problem

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover Wagner’s musical output and his impact on subsequent musical thinking, especially in Europe up to the present day. Themes covered may include:
•       Wagner and antisemitism
•       Wagner and imperialism
•       Wagner and the Nazis
•       Wagnerism and anti-Wagnerism
•       The Ring Cycle and its legacy
•       Opera and Music dramas: two distinct genres?

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Familiarity with Wagner’s oeuvre
Familiarity with the musical legacy of Wagner’s oeuvre
A working knowledge of late tonal and chromatic harmony
Familiarity with the historical and cultural contexts for these musical works
A working familiarity with some of the philosophical ideas played out in Wagner’s works

Intended Skill Outcomes

Analytical approaches to opera, especially narrative analysis
Intensification of analytical skills already learned in other modules

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials122:0024:00Non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Synchronous online seminars; pre-recordings of core materials for seminars available after each one
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Pre-recorded lectures deliver core materials and seminars allow students to explore musical (and other) materials in more detail and in a more “hands on” manner.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1004000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MAnnotated bibliography
Essay2MN/A
Essay2MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will require students to develop a research essay (4000 words), based on the core topics covered in the module, but exploring one of them in depth. In the run up to the essay, students will be set a number of formative written assignments (see above) which will be helpful in developing ideas for the final essay.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.