From the Florentine Camerata to Stalinist Russia: The Story of Music in Five Genres
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course provides an introductory overview of classical music from the Baroque to the twentieth century, through the examination of works in five key genres: concerto, opera, symphony, lied and chamber music. Works studied in the course include Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben, Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Each work is set in its historical and cultural context and the main stylistic characteristics – form, texture, melody – will be explored through listening.
Week 1: Genre 1: concerto
Week 2: Case Study: Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Week 3: Genre 2: opera
Week 4: Case Study: Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro
Week 5: Genre 3: lied and song cycle
Week 6: Case Study: Schumann, Frauenliebe und -leben
Week 7: Genre 4: chamber music
Week 8: Case Study: Saint-Saëns, The Carnival of the Animals
Week 9: Genre 5: symphony
Week 10: Case Study: Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in music and who would like to know more about some of the main musical genres and styles – including case studies of selected composers and their works – over the last 400 years. 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.
- Berger, Melvin, Guide to Chamber Music (Dover Publications, 3rd edn, 2009)
- Horton, Julian (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
- Keefe, Simon P (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)
- Parker, Roger, and Carolyn Abbate, A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years (Allen Lane, 2012)
- Tunbridge, Laura, The Cambridge Companion to the Song Cycle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Recommended texts / useful reference sources
- Latham, Alison, The Oxford Companion to Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
- Randel, Don Michael, Harvard Dictionary of Music (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003)
- Sadie, Stanley and John Tyrrell (eds), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 29 vols (London: Macmillan, 2001)
- Taruskin, Richard, The Oxford History of Western Music, 5 vols (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)
What else is on offer?
If this course interests you then you should be aware that the Centre for Lifelong Learning 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.