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Course Overview

This course will chart the emergence of a new 'national' style in English music and the birth of the first music we can arguably call 'English' since Purcell. Students should come away from the course with a fundamental understanding of this heady period, and its importance in national musical development and cultural preception.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Phillip Cooke

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

  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Music (MU) (Studied)
  • 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 cover many of the key concepts from the period from c.1870 – 1970 – from the emergence of a national style with Parry and Stanford, to Britten's War Requiem in 1963. It will begin with Das Land ohne Musik, the German dominance of nineteenth century music, and move through the foundation of the Royal College of Music, Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Holst, Finzi, Howells and end with Walton, Tippett and Britten. It will be chronological in many ways, but not encyclopaedic – with students required to understand larger concepts and trends and apply them to different works from different schools. Students should come away from the course with a fundamental understanding of the period, and its importance in national musical development.

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

1st Attempt

  • 4000-word essay (80%)
  • 20 minute Presentation (20%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Oral feedback on reading during lectures and tutorials. Written feedback on scripts. Students can obtain face to face feedback on ideas and topics from course-coordinator during Office Hours.

Course Learning Outcomes


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