Romantic & Twentieth Century Music

Course Number: 203*/3.0 3L (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Instructor(s): Dr. Clara Marvin

Term(s): B

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 11.30-12.30, T: 1.30-2.30, Th: 12.30-1.30

Room: HLH 124

Calendar Description

Examination of musical styles and movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in their sociocultural contexts. Discussion of foundation topics introduced in MUSC 103/3.0 is continued.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

NOTE Non-Music students holding Royal Conservatory Grade III Harmony may enrol in this course with permission of the School.


Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITE MUSC 103/3.0.
  • COREQUISITE MUSC 191/6.0.
  • EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from MUSC 102/3.0; MUSC 203/3.0.

Additional Information

Romantic and Twentieth-Century Music examines styles, movements, and the cultural contexts of the Western musical tradition between about 1800 (by which time ‘romanticism’ was in its cultural ascendant) and the present day (encompassing the principal developments of the twentieth century). Participants will address aesthetic, philosophical, historical and sociopolitical issues associated with specific composers and compositions, and build on the musical listening, analyzing, researching and writing skills introduced in MUSC 103 with the aim of better understanding and articulating the connections between musical compositions and the historical, stylistic, aesthetic and sociological contexts in which they are produced. The course also introduces participants to concepts and issues related to the rationales and discipline of musicology—history, historiography, performance practice, and contextualization of music.

Course work involves two in-class tests, a term essay on a topic to be selected by the participant, and a final examination. Keeping up with assigned readings and listening to musical examples is necessary to success in this course. Attendance at lectures is expected.