MUS31280 The Symphony in Europe

Academic Year 2021/2022

This course is intended to explore the symphony as a self-standing genre and also as an expression of music in European history and culture. Beginning with the late symphonies of Joseph Haydn, the course will also examine works by Beethoven, Brahms, Stanford, Sibelius and Shostakovich. Students will be required to consult *The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony* (edited by Julian Horton) as a core text.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. An understanding of musical genre as an expression of cultural history
2. An analytic comprehension of the structure and narrative prowess of the symphony in European culture
3. A familiarity with central works in the symphonic canon.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Reflective learning.
Critical writing. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Final Assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Attendance: Attendance: Seminar and Lecture participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Mid term assignment Week 6 n/a Graded No


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