MUS20410 Music History Since 1750

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module provides a survey of Western art music from around 1750 until the early 21st century. It aims to provide the learner with a solid introduction to this rich corpus of music, balancing close readings of selected emblematic works with broader commentary on their various contexts, ie stylistic/aesthetic trends, historical developments, societal/political background etc.

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Learning Outcomes:

Students should be able to:
• distinguish between styles of different periods;
• discuss issues of musical style and design with reference to broader contexts;
• create links between music history and cultural history in general;
• demonstrate critical thinking in the research and writing of a scholarly essay.

Indicative Module Content:

Late 18th century/early 19th century – classicism; large-scale homophonic forms; the development of the orchestra; patronage.
19th century – romanticism; music & literature; art & nature; the artist-genius; virtuosity.
20th century – modernisms; new rhythmic and harmonic languages; futurism; exoticism; technical innovation.
Late 20th century/early 21st century – pluralism; post-modernism; polystylism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In-class discussion.
Close listening.
Critical writing.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MUS10040 - Introduction to Musicology I

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Listening examination: recognise and provide relevant and articulate commentary on several musical excerpts. Week 7 No Graded No


Essay: Essay (2000 words engaging) with a topic relevant to the body of work studied. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
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Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 09:00 - 10:50