The study of European art music from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century in its historical and cultural contexts.
We all know of Beethoven and Mozart and Bach - three composers who have made great and original contributions to the heritage of Western art music - but do we know what they were really trying to say? In this paper we explore Western art music in context. Why did Bach write music in the way he did; why did Beethoven write music differently; why did Renaissance musicians sing madrigals; what was it like to be a medieval musician; why did everyone hate Lully; what secret message was Schumann sending to his fiancée in his songs? Focusing on particular composers at particular times and places, we enable students to understand the history of music in the context of its own times.
|Paper title||Music in Western Culture|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,018.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,050.00|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Before enrolling in MUSI 102, students are strongly advised to have taken MUSI 191 or have an equivalent music background.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts' website
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Dr Andrew Deruchie and Dr Graeme Downes
- Paper Structure
- Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts' office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
- Prior to each module, Assigned readings will be posted on Blackboard. These will provide important background and additional context to the topics presented in the lectures. It is, therefore, important to read these materials before the module begins.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to recognise important genres, styles and forms in Western music and be able to discuss and comment on them with an understanding of their historical context.