Art Music since 1900

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Art Music since 1900

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MUSI 101 and 18 further 100-level MUSI points

    The analytical and historical study of Western art music since 1900, with consideration of new compositional styles and cultural change.

    This paper covers the major trends in composition, including Impressionism, Expressionism, Neoclassicism, Serialism and Minimalism. The challenges presented by 20th-century music are explored, and a week on New Zealand music is also included.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Students will gain an understanding of the main trends in music since 1900 and see the different ways in which music developed following the disintegration of the diatonic system
    -They will be able to place 20th-century composers in a historical context and be able to make comparisons between them
    -They will also develop their analytical and research skills and learn to access specialist scholarly information about music
    They will, consequently, learn strategies for understanding post-tonal music of various styles
    -Students will learn how to evaluate this information and, at third-year level, will learn to develop arguments based on this information

    -Robert Morgan. Twentieth-Century Music. New York: Norton, 1991.
    -Alex Ross. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
    -Eric Salzman. Twentieth-Century Music. London: Prentice-Hall, 1967
    -H.H. Stuckenschmidt. Twentieth-Century Music. New York, Toronto: World University Library, 1969 .
    -Richard Taruskin. Music in the Early Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press, USA, 2009. Available online.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The analytical and historical study of Western art music since 1900, with consideration of new compositional styles and cultural change.

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