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MUSI223 Classical Music

A study of selected significant musical styles and composers of Classical Western art music, with special emphasis upon the development of new musical languages within music history.

Why are there so many different types of Western art music, such as concerto, solo song, oratorio, symphony and sonata? And why are there so many different ways in which these genres have been written over the centuries? You will explore the styles of composition in Western art music from an analytical and historical perspective. The topics range from medieval through to modern periods, focusing on four main subject areas to provide depth of inquiry. Students will learn to recognise a variety of musical forms and compositional techniques and to place them in historical context.

Paper title Classical Music
Paper code MUSI223
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,555.35

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36 100-level points
MUSI 323
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Convenor: Prof Anthony Ritchie

Paper Structure

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Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40