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Music in Modern Times - MCGY2613

Year - 2020

Traces the essential developments in Western art music from the very end of the 19th century to the start of the 21st, and relates them to broad socio-historical and artistic changes. The overview given in the lectures is reinforced by the analysis of key works in tutorials. Areas covered include Late Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Free Atonality, Rhythmic Innovation, Neo-classicism, Serial Music, Political Music, American Experimentalism, Electro-Acoustic Music, Chance composition, Textural Composition, Minimalism, influences from Popular Music, Collage and Polystylism, East-West Encounters, Neo-Romanticism, Post Modernism and Spectralism. Works analysed include compositions by Andriessen, Bartok, Cage, Debussy, Ligeti, Messiaen, Part, Schoenberg, Strauss, Stravinsky, Stockhausen and Webern.

2hr lecture and 1hr tut/week

1500 word essay (35%), mid-semester test (20%), tutorial preparation (10%), 2 hr exam (35%)

Auner, J. Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, New York: Norton 2013

Additional information
This is a Foundation unit in Analysis, history and culture studies.

Assumed knowledge
Ability to read musical notation


Faculty: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Musicology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Rachel Campbell
HECS Band: 1
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