Being British: Music, Landscape, Place
Level 4, 10 Credits.
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What does being British mean to composers living today? What did it mean to composers living a century ago? This course will explore the notion of ‘Britishness’ in classical music, from Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams through to the present day. It will consider the role of Empire and folk song, of landscape and a sense of place, the impact of the First World War, and other factors that have helped shape British music over the past 150 years.
- Assessment of the notion of ‘Britishness’ in classical music, including the role of Empire, folk song, national identity, landscape and a sense of place.
- An introduction to the music and lives of the main composers of this period (c.1860–present), including – among others – Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Benjamin Britten, Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle.
- Discussion of the main musical genres and key works of the period under discussion.
- Outline of the social, cultural, geographical and historical contexts in which the composers and music studied in this course worked.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in music. No previous knowledge of this topic is assumed, neither is the ability to read musical notation (all works and extracts will be explored through listening and discussion).
Learning and Teaching
The course will be taught over 10 two-hour sessions, delivered on a weekly basis. This will involve:
- Tutor-led sessions: this forms the bulk of the teaching provision for the module. In these sessions, basic information will be delivered to the students utilising mediums such as PowerPoint, audio examples, aural analysis, YouTube examples and handouts where necessary.
- Student-led activities and class discussion.
- Online provision: PowerPoint slides and handouts from the weekly sessions will be made available via Learning Central.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
It goes without saying that students’ understanding of the music studied in a course is usually considerably enhanced if they read and write about it. You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work. This can take the form of a course journal, portfolio, presentation, questionnaire or essay. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Marshall, Em, Music in the Landscape: How the British Countryside Inspired Our Greatest Composers (Robert Hale Ltd, 2011)
- Hughes, Meirion, Robert Stradling, The English Musical Renaissance, 1840-1940: Constructing a National Music (Manchester University Press, 2001)
- Banfield, Stephen, Sensibility and English Song (Cambridge University Press, 1989)
- Banfield, Stephen (ed.): The Blackwell History of Music in Britain: The Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 1995)
- Caldwell, John, The Oxford History of English Music: Vol. 2, c. 1757 to the Present Day (Oxford University Press, 1999)
- Clayton Martin and Bennett Zon (eds), Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s to 1940s: Portrayal of the East (Aldershot, 2007)
- Foreman, Lewis (ed.), From Parry to Britten: British Music in Letters 1900-1945 (Portland, 1987)
- Howes, Frank, The English Musical Renaissance (London, 1966)
- Gloag, Kenneth and Nicholas Jones, Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
What else is on offer?
If this course interests you then you should be aware that the Continuing & Professional Education offers a number of varied and exciting music courses. Please see our Choices Catalogue for further details, or visit our website, www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/ and click on ‘Music’.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.