Core Module Information
Module title: Music and Modernisms 1945-1990

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS10138
Module leader: Katrina Burton
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The module is designed to guide you through a number of important developments in the music of the latter half of the 20th Century. This module allows for the study of musical evolution in terms of the development of particular genres, many of which will undoubtedly be unfamiliar to you. You will become, through practice, conversant with the harmonic language of the period in question. The pastiche composition exercise will further develop your harmonic and technical insight into the music of the period. You will develop and apply these skills into a more creative compositional thinking. You will thus develop a keener insight into the stylistic techniques of the period. Additionally, the module will consider the importance of issues that reach beyond the purely musical, across other art forms (including visual art, architecture and dance), social and scientific contexts. These issues include the birth of Postmodernism and the aftermath of the Second World War. Genres and topics to be covered include chance techniques, indeterminacy, graphic notation, electronic music, total serialism and minimalism. Consideration will also be given to certain genres that cross over into popular music culture, for example, the connection between the 1970's disco era and minimalism.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: critically reflect on repertoire from the 20th century using appropriate terminology and demonstrating an awareness of performance practices of the time
LO2: synthesise and critically evaluate research findings in both written and oral form
LO3: construct pastiche compositions that use techniques appropriate to the period
LO4: examine key musical works from the period studied and contextualise them within the social, political and artistic culture of the time
LO5: examine the relationship between the various influences of Modernism and Postmodernism, that may come to bear on a given musical work and/or genre

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