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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS3034 Module Title: PLURALISM IN WESTERN MUSIC
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU3.89BC
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: GOSS SM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
(100% of total assessment)
Qualifying Conditions
Two essays of not more than 2500 words.
Module Overview
Module Aims
To develop awareness of, and ability to critique, the representations of pluralist influences (e.g. popular music, the music of other cultures and the music of the distant past) within 20th-century Western music.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module you should be able to:
  • identify and discuss the musical techniques used by Western composers to integrate a wide variety of disparate influences
  • discuss aspects of postmodern theory and practice in relation to music
  • identify the musical and aesthetic justifications for the inclusion of quotations and stylistic references in particular works.
Module Content
The study of set works by a variety of 20th-century composers in musical-analytical and aesthetic terms.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
10 one-hour lectures.
Weekly unassessed reading and listening assignments.
Selected Texts/Journals
Meyer, L. B., (1967): Music, the Arts and Ideas (University of Chicago Press)
Jencks, C., (1966): What is Post-Modernism? (Academy Editions)
A list of set works, with suggested reading, will be issued at the start of the course.
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