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MCGY2612: Music in the Classical and Romantic Eras

This unit will survey the main lines of musical development between 1750 and 1890, with primary focus on the composition of music, and how this relates to the social and aesthetic currents of the time. The overview given in the lecture series will be reinforced by detailed focus on individual works in the tutorials from both historical and analytical perspectives. Topics will include the emergence and codification of classical form and syntax; style and genre in the works of the first Viennese School; Beethoven's 'heroic' and 'late' styles; national opera traditions; symphonic poem and music drama; nationalism and exoticism; and the conflict between progress and tradition.

Code MCGY2612
Academic unit Musicology
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
The ability to read musical notation and basic knowledge of music theory

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the main lines of musical development between 1750 and 1890
  • LO2. recognise and analyse a number of highly significant musical works from the classical and romantic eras
  • LO3. show awareness of various critical paradigms which have openly or covertly shaped music historiography and criticism
  • LO4. trace links between music and the other arts, philosophy and the history of ideas
  • LO5. display your awareness of best practices in scholarly research and conventions governing academic writing
  • LO6. engage respectfully but critically with the views of others