What is the course about?
This course explores art music in the first half of the twentieth century using Alex Ross’s The Rest is Noise as a guide.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Will be looking at late Romantic music, Maximalism, Expressionism, Modernism, fin di siècle Paris and the Ballet Russe and the Second Viennese School. We will look at the effect on music of Nationalism and World War I and composers like Mahler, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Satie and Debussy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key musical tropes in the first half of the twentieth century
- Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of works
- Understand more about the historical contexts for the big changes in musical language in this period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You do not need any particular skills just an interest in thinking about a wide range of different types of music critically.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads directly to Course code: MD612B ( Listening to the twentieth century: module 2)
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