MUSA231-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

The Musical Heritage of Western Civilization

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


A chronological and themed history of Western Art Music from late antiquity to the early 20th century.

This course explores topics in European music history from the early modern period to the late–nineteenth century. Students will be introduced to a variety of approaches to the study of musicology, including cultural and social history of music, use of primary sources, and musical analysis.

Topics covered in this course:
Versailles and Paris, 1660–1760
Music at the court of Louis XIV
French elegance, Italian extravagance: a contest of styles
Publishing and public concerts: Paris as a centre of 18th-century cosmopolitanism

London and England, 1700–1760
Music of town, country, and city
Music in the church and in the theatre

Vienna, 1770–1840
Vienna as imperial capital
Haydn and Mozart’s Vienna
Beethoven, Schubert, and the Romantic movement

The War of the Romantics
Two currents in nineteenth-century aesthetics

Paris, 1840–1890
French nationalism, revisited
Debussy and the avant-garde

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will:

  • Be able to describe specific developments in Western Art Music, and contextualise them in wider European history and culture.
  • Be able to critically evaluate primary source documents relevant to musicological research.
  • Possess sophisticated skills using library and information resources related to musicology, including library databases, bibliographic tools, scholarly editions, and electronic resources.
  • Be able to demonstrate high-level oral and written communication skills, including language appropriate for digital publishing and scholarly communication.
  • Have a professional attitude to research and to the dissemination and public discussion of music history and musical culture, developed through concert curation and the use of new media.


MUSA131 or 45 points from the BA Schedule, and some ability to read music notation.


Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Fine Arts 122 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Fine Arts 122 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Fine Arts 122 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Francis Yapp and Elizabeth Lochhead


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Blog 30% Mon of weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 at midnight
Programme Curation and Programme Notes 15% In September
Essay 2000 words 25% In October
Listening Test 20% In October
Continuous Assessment 10% Attendance at and contribution to tutorial discussion


Required Texts

Burkholder, J. Peter , Grout, Donald Jay, Palisca, Claude V; A history of western music; Ninth edition; W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,600.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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