MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit focuses upon the development of Western art music in the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. It covers the modernist and postmodernist phases of development including such styles as impressionist, expressionist, neo-classical/neo-tonal, twelve-note, serial, indeterminate, minimalist, polystylist, neo-romantic and the new forms of complexity in the last twenty years or so. The works of Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartók, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Messiaen, Boulez, Stockhausen, Cage, Penderecki, Reich, Glass, Pärt, Ferneyhough and others form the repertoire to be studied in terms of these trends and characteristics. The unit aims to provide sound historical, technical and cultural perspectives of the repertoire and of the period studied, including its relationship with contemporary trends in the other arts.

This is a compulsory unit in the Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an informed understanding of the modes of enquiry employed in historical musicology, especially those appropriate to the study of twentieth- and twenty-first century music; (2) understand the diverse stylistic and technical characteristics of the modernist and postmodernist music, including its development and context within the history of Western art music generally; (3) relate the musical developments of the period to their cultural and social contexts; and (4) identify the various styles and genres of music from the period.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) listening test; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Symons
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
MUSC2331 Western Art Music 1 (Renaissance and Baroque) or MUSC2332 Western Art Music 2 (Classic and Romantic) or MUSC2525 Music Language 4
Incompatibility:
MUSC2120 Western Art Music (Post-romantic and Early Modernist)
AND
MUSC3100 Western Art Music (Contemporary)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
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