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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS3040 Module Title: MAHLER
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS3040
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: BARHAM JM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Analytical critique (1500 words)




Performance critique (1500 words)




Cultural critique (2500 words)




Module Overview
Investigation of the music and culture of Gustav Mahler
Module Aims
To develop detailed critical and analytical understanding of the music of Gustav Mahler and its surrounding cultural contexts
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you should be able to

  •  demonstrate critical understanding of the music and cultural contexts of Gustav Mahler


  •  analyse structural aspects of selected works


  • demonstrate understanding of performance issues relating to Mahler’s music

Module Content
Critical study of topics in the analytical and interpretative study of Mahler’s music, including structural deformation, harmonic and motivic techniques, song-symphony relation, literary and philosophical meanings, reception history, popular appropriation, interpretation in performance, compositional legacy
Methods of Teaching/Learning
10 two-hour lectures; additional individual/group tutorials as required
Selected Texts/Journals



Jeremy Barham (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Mahler ( Cambridge : CUP, 2007)


Jeremy Barham (ed.), Perspectives on Gustav Mahler ( Aldershot : Ashgate, 2005)


Andrew Nicholson & Donald Mitchell (eds), The Mahler Companion, rev. edn ( Oxford : OUP, 2002)





Theodor Adorno, Gustav Mahler. A Musical Physiognomy, transl. Edmund Jephcott ( Chicago :


      University of Chicago Press, 1992)


Constantin Floros, Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies, transl. Vernon Wicker ( Aldershot : Scolar


      Press, 1994)


Stephen Hefling (ed.), Mahler Studies (Cambridge: CUP, 1997)





Natalie Bauer-Lechner, Recollections of Gustav Mahler, ed. Peter Franklin, transl. Dika Newlin


      (London: Faber Music, 1980)


Henry-Louis de La Grange, Mahler (4 vols) (London: Gollancz and Oxford: OUP, 1976-2007)


Karen Painter (ed.), Mahler and His World (Princeton: Princeton University Press: 2002)


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