MUS20410 Music History Since 1750

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module provides a survey of the history of Western art music from around 1750 through to the early twenty-first century. It will foreground both the development of musical styles, on the one hand, and the ever-changing musical cultures that gave rise to those styles, on the other. In so doing it will pay attention both to individual musical works and the ways in which those works were first composed, performed, and heard.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students should be able to:
• distinguish between styles of different movements and periods;
• discuss issues of musical style and design as they relate to broader cultural developments;
• demonstrate critical reading of key writings in music history relating to music since 1750;
• write cogently about one or more key issues relating to music history since 1750.

Indicative Module Content:

Key periods and movements in music history: classicism, romanticism, modernism, post-modernism

Music history as considered from different perspectives: composition, performance, listening, culture more generally

Key issues in music history: the nature of (art) music, nationalism, exoticism, race, gender, the relationship of music to other art-forms (such as literature)

Consideration of what it means to study music history more generally

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will be provided with listening and reading to complete in advance of each week's lecture. A learning journal will help students to reflect on this material. Weekly lectures will be two-hours long and will include in-class discussion and listening exercises. 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: MCQ examination on works and readings studied in weeks 7-11 Week 12 No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Journal: Learning journal to be completed throughout the trimester and submitted in week 12 Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Essay (2000 words) engaging with one or more key issues relating to the music history of this period Week 10 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: MCQ examination on works and readings studied in weeks 1-6 Week 7 No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

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