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.
Further unit of study information
2hr lecture and 1hr tut/week
1500 word essay (40%), mid-semester test (20%), 2 hr exam (40%)
Griffiths P, Modern music and after, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011
Morgan, RP. Twentieth Century Music, New York, Norton 1991
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
Ability to read musical notation
MCGY2008 or MCGY2009
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