MUS31390 The Mass as Musical Genre, 1700-1800

Academic Year 2023/2024

*** Not available in the academic year indicated above ***

This course examines the development of musical settings of the ordinary of the mass between 1700 and c.1800. Approaches to the mass as a musical genre during this period will be considered through an examination of the mass settings of Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741), Antonio Caldara (1670-1736), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). This is a score-based course, and students will be provided with materials from week to week as the module progresses.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

* An understanding of the mass ordinary as a musical genre in the long eighteenth century
* An understanding of the mass as a pathway to the development of the musical artwork
* A familiarity with the structural, expressive and aesthetic components of the mass as a musical genre during the High Baroque and Classical periods.

Indicative Module Content:

1. The Mass in Vienna, c. 1700-1740
2. The Mass in B minor by J.S. Bach and its contextual agencies
3. The Austrian Court Mass in the later eighteenth century

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
* Seminar discussions on individual works
* Independent research
* Class presentations 
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: Two assignments, one at mid-term and one at the close of the trimester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive feedback post assessment

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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