The History of Western Music - III
An introduction to Western Art Music will provide a snapshot of a specific period in history where new sounds and textures were emerging.
We shall listen to and discuss many examples, whilst placing them in their social and historical context. Music of minor composers will be used to illustrate a particular point. Major composers may be omitted altogether if not pertinent to the developments being discussed. This term we will explore the late classical, romantic and early modern periods.
Although the course follows on from The History of Western Music I & II, it may be taken by itself. No previous knowledge is needed, just an interest in listening to music and finding out more
Term Starts: 21st April
Half Term: 2nd June
All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.
There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.
Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.
Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Course Fee: £195.00
Take this course for CATS Points: £10.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Dr Peter Copley
Peter Copley D.Phil, MA, B.mus is a composer, cellist and pianist. He is a visiting lecturer at OUDCE, the University of Sussex and for the Open University, where he has been a Research Associate for the music faculty.
2. To place these developments in the context of historical events of the period.
3. To arrive at an assessment of the contributions made by individual composers and their influence on the development of Western music.
Teaching methods will consist of lectures and class discussions, both of which will include pre- recorded musical examples and some live musical performance by the tutor. As well as discussion and analysis of the music, certain key texts of the period will also be read and discussed.
As a result of attending the course, students will have acquired:
1. A broad knowledge late classical, romantic and early twentieth century composers and their music.
2. An understanding of the ways in which art music developed during this period.
3. The ability to put art music in the context of historical developments during this period.
Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form with any piece of work that is part of the assessment criteria. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.
Level and demands
Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course
Sources of funding
Information on financial support