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MU4051: EARLY MUSICAL MODERNISM: MUSIC FROM 1890-1945 (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course will explore the explosion of new musical ideas at the turn of the twentieth century including Debussy’s discoveries in the real of harmony, timbre and time; the developments of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern in the realm of pitch; the rhythmic and formal innovations of Stravinsky and Bartòk as well as Varèse’s fascination with sound.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Edward Campbell

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Music (MU)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This ten week course will explore the first wave of musical modernity, the fin-de-siècle period of Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartòk, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Varèse. Students will be introduced to the key innovations of each composer in the realms of pitch, rhythm, form and timbre. Key musical works will be explored and musical developments will be related to literature, the visual arts and the world of ideas. The composers and works studied on the course will vary from year to year.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

3000 word essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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