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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS3005 Module Title: 20TH CENTURY STUDIES 1
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU3.C20S1.20
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MARK CM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
Two essays of not more than 3000 words each (equally weighted)
A three-hour paper, including a listening test.
Module Overview


Module Aims
To explore a delimited repertory from the first half of the twentieth century and to address relevant historical, socio-political, and technical issues.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module you should be able to:
  • describe the stylistic traits and characteristic structural procedures of the works examined
  • describe in some detail the stylistic development of the composers investigated
  • critique the major secondary literature on the composers studied
  • assess critically the significance of the composers studied within the context of early- and mid-twentieth-century musical developments in general
  • assess the significance of socio-political factors in the aesthetic stances of the composers investigated.
Module Content
Examination of set works from the delimited repertory within the context of musical and socio-musical developments in the first half of the twentieth century.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • 10 two-hour lectures
  • You should spend your own time in getting to know the repertoire and the literature surrounding it and in engaging critically with both
Selected Texts/Journals
Required Reading:
Banfield, Stephen, ed., 1995: The Blackwell History of Music in Britain: The Twentieth Century (London: Blackwell)
Recommended Reading:
Evans, Peter, 1995: The Music of Benjamin Britten. 3rd ed. (London: Dent)
Greene, Richard, 1995: Holst: The Planets (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Grimley, Dan, Julian Rushton, eds, 2004: The Cambridge Companion to Elgar (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Kennedy, Michael, 2004: The Life of Elgar (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Whittall, Arnold, 1990: The Music of Britten and Tippett: Studies in Themes and Techniques, 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
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