Modernism in Austria & Germany 1889-1914 (MCGY3639)

UNIT OF STUDY

Between 1889 and 1914, certain Austro-Germanic composers played a crucial role in the emerging modernist movement. Richard Strauss, Mahler and Schoenberg engaged with past musical traditions and contemporary trends in visual art, literature and philosophy to produce a distinctively new type of music. Works to be studied include Strauss's tone poems, Mahler's symphonies and Schoenberg's chamber music, as well as Lieder and stage works. Crucial issues that will emerge include the way in which traditional formal structures are invoked and destabilised, the dissolution of tonality, and alternatives to the metaphysical understanding of music that were explored in this era.

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One 2-hour seminar/week

Assessment

Essay (30%); Critical and analytical assignments (20%); Listening & score-based tests (20%); In-class presentation (20%); Seminar participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: It is expected that students will have some knowledge of late 19th-century harmonic practices., MCGY2011 or with permission of the coordinator.

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: It is expected that students will have some knowledge of late 19th-century harmonic practices.

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