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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, 1660–1760Music at the court of Louis XIVFrench elegance, Italian extravagance: a contest of stylesPublishing and public concerts: Paris as a centre of 18th-century cosmopolitanismLondon and England, 1700–1760Music of town, country, and cityMusic in the church and in the theatreVienna, 1770–1840Vienna as imperial capitalHaydn and Mozart’s ViennaBeethoven, Schubert, and the Romantic movementThe War of the RomanticsTwo currents in nineteenth-century aestheticsParis, 1840–1890French nationalism, revisitedDebussy and the avant-garde
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Elizabeth Lochhead
Burkholder, J. Peter , Grout, Donald Jay, Palisca, Claude V;
A history of western music;
W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.
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.