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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS2005 Module Title: CLASSICAL STUDIES
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.CLASSIC
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: MARK CM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Qualifying Condition(s) 
Coursework (50% of total assessment)
  • 1000 word commentary on a single movement, outlining principles of classical musical rhetoric
  • One essay of not more than 2000 words
Examination (50% of total assessment)
  • A 2-hour paper

Module Overview

Pass in HE1 Understanding Music 1

Module Aims
  • to develop an understanding of the context- historical, cultural and social- within which the major classical instrumental genres evolved
  • to develop analytical skills in relation to these genres
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module you should be able to:
  • describe the origins of and cross fertilisations between major instrumental genres of the classical period
  • discuss the cultural, social and historical factors impacting on musical composition in the late 18th century
  • identify and classify principal stylistic and formal features of several works representative of major classical instrumental genres
Module Content
Lectures will examine key aesthetic and musical concepts underpinning understandings of classical style from the point of view of both our own time and of the late 18th century. The development and interaction of the genres of string quartet, piano sonata, concerto and symphony will be illustrated through the works of major composers of the period.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
10 two-hour sessions employing varied methodologies including group discussion; regular unassessed reading, listening and analytical assignments.
Selected Texts/Journals
Ratner, Leonard G., 1980: Classic Music: Expression, Form and Style (New York: Schirmer)
Rosen, Charles, 1976: The Classical Style (London: Faber)
Rosen, Charles, 1988: Sonata Forms (London: Norton)
Schroeder, David P., 1990: Haydn and the Enlightenment: the late symphonies and their audience (Oxford, Clarendon)
Landon, H.C.Robbins, 1995: The Mozart Essays (London: Thames and Hudson)
Downs, Philip G., 1992: Classical Music: the era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (New York: W.W. Norton and Co.)
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