MUS-20039 - Music in German Culture
Coordinator: Alastair J Williams Room: CKF04 Tel: +44 1782 7 33300
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

Germany holds a special place in the history of music; this module considers why this is so, and examines some of the principal moments in this history. By ranging across a variety of media, such as concert music, opera, film music, music theatre and the musical, it also reveals how music interacts with a range of cultural forms within a modern European nation that is associated with a prestigous tradition. Key moments will be chosen from an historical span ranging from the late eighteenth to late twentieth centuries.

To consider why Germany holds a special place in the history of music, and to examine some of the principal moments in that history. To cover a range of cultural forms, such as concert music, opera and opera on film, music theatre in order to reveal how music interacts with a variety of media within the framework of a national tradition. Other topics, such as 'robot pop' band Kraftwerk and prog rock can be considered.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and evaluate the historical traditions of German music and communicate their comprehension effectively;: 1,2
describe how music interacts with a range of media within German traditions and critically evaluate the roles music plays in relation to these media;: 1,2
evaluate new works in a range of media, and understand these media through application of a range of established techniques, both analytical and interpretive.: 1,2

Study hours

21 hours seminars.
33 hours commentary preparation.
60 hours essay preparation
36 hours private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 70%
Essay of 2,000 words
2,000 word essay that demonstrates technical and historical understanding of particular scores and texts. This will be chosen from a list of titles produced by the module tutor.

2: Commentary weighted 30%
1000 word-commentary
To write a 1000-word commentary on a topic covered in the module, other than the essay topic.