Music in Modern Times (MCGY2613)

UNIT OF STUDY

Traces the essential developments in Western art music from the very end of the 19th century to the start of the 21st, and relates them to broad socio-historical and artistic changes. The overview given in the lectures is reinforced by the analysis of key works in tutorials. Areas covered include Late Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Free Atonality, Rhythmic Innovation, Neo-classicism, Serial Music, Political Music, American Experimentalism, Electro-Acoustic Music, Chance composition, Textural Composition, Minimalism, influences from Popular Music, Collage and Polystylism, East-West Encounters, Neo-Romanticism, Post Modernism and Spectralism. Works analysed include compositions by Andriessen, Bartok, Cage, Debussy, Ligeti, Messiaen, Part, Schoenberg, Strauss, Stravinsky, Stockhausen and Webern.

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Classes

2hr lecture and 1hr tut/week

Assessment

1500 word essay (40%), mid-semester test (20%), 2 hr exam (40%)

Textbooks

Griffiths P, Modern music and after, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1995 Morgan, RP. Twentieth Century Music, New York, Norton 1991

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Ability to read musical notation

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Ability to read musical notation

Prohibitions

MCGY2009, MCGY2008

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