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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS3041 Module Title: 18TH & 19TH CENTURY MUSICAL AESTHETICS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS3041
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: DOWNES SC Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment




Percentage weighting




A short critique of a key text in aesthetics (1000 words; 20%)


One essay (3000 words; 30%)






A two-hour paper.




Module Overview
Pass in Level HE2 19th-Century Studies OR Classical Studies
Module Aims
  • To provide a detailed survey of changing perspectives in thought and aesthetics on music of the 18th & 19th century


  • To study a number of key texts in 18th & 19th century musical aesthetics
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module you should be able to:


  • describe and explain principal areas of thought that are characteristic of the period


  • analyse the approaches taken by contemporaneous and subsequent writers about music, philosophy and aesthetics of the period


  • construct detailed critiques of key texts in musical aesthetics in the 18th & 19th century.
Module Content
The module will explore a selection of texts in aesthetics, criticism and history
Methods of Teaching/Learning
10 two-hour lectures. The lecturer will introduce topics and texts which may, if appropriate, lead to class discussion.
Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading :




Strunk, Oliver, 1981: Source Readings in Music History vol III The Romantic Era ( London : Faber)




Dahlhaus, Carl, 1982: Aesthetics of Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
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