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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic Music History
Module Code MC307
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Roisin Blunnie
Semester 2: Roisin Blunnie
Autumn: Roisin Blunnie
Module TeachersRoisin Blunnie
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Repeat examinations take place in the Autumn. CA may be required.

This module explores musical style and historical context as they pertain to repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic periods, through a range of musicological and practical approaches

Learning Outcomes

1. Display an understanding and appreciation of the genres, styles and techniques of the Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic eras.
2. Demonstrate analytical, performance and literacy skills gained through engagement with prescribed works representative of the leading composers of these periods.
3. Understand the influence of cultural context on music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic periods and to evaluate this influence critically.
4. Rely upon a solid foundation for the teaching of musicological and analytical perspectives in Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic music.
5. Utilise the aural skills and musicological expertise necessary for understanding and teaching the music of these periods.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48Lectures, including audio and practical demonstration, and participation through vocal, reading and rhythmic activities.
Assignment Completion38Research and preparation of assignments.
Independent Study39Independent research and listening to support course learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Summary of Content
Semester 1: Music in the Middle Ages: Theory and Practice; Organum, development of rhythm and polyphony; secular music in France and Germany (Troubadour, Trouvere, Minnesinger); Music at the papal and royal courts; the Renaissance; music in the English context; the madrigal; Semester 2: Beethoven and the Symphony; The Age of Romanticism; Romantic Piano Music; Lieder; Symphonic Poem; Opera; Programme Music.

Selected Set Works
Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame; Settings of the L'Homme Armé Mass (Dufay, Ockeghem et al); Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 7, 9; Brahms, Symphony No. 4; Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin, Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Fanny Mendelssohn, assorted compositions; Liszt: Mazeppa; Strauss, Also Sprach Zarathustra; Chopin, Field: assorted piano works.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayMedieval/Renaissance music15%Week 6
EssayRomantic music15%Week 21
In Class TestListening Test: Medieval-Renaissance Repertoire10%Week 6
Oral ExaminationListening Test: Romantic Repertoire10%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Arnold, Joan: 1982, Medieval Music, Oxford University Press, London,
  • Barzun, Jacques: 1982, Berlioz and the Romantic Century, Oxford University Press, London,
  • Blüme, Friedrich: 1967, Renaissance and Baroque Music, First Edition, W.W. Norton, New York,
  • Caldwell, John: 1978, Medieval Music, Hutchinson, London,
  • Grout, D. J.: 1996, A History of Western Music, Fifth Edition, W. W. Norton, New York,
  • Grove, George: 1962, Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies, Third Edition, Dover books, New York,
  • Hoppin, Richard H.: 1978, Medieval Music, First Edition, W.W. Norton, New York,
  • Marocco, William Thomas: 1977, Medieval Music, Oxford University Press, London and New York,
  • Mayer Brown, Howard: 1976, Music in the Renaissance, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey,
  • Reese, Gustave: 1954, Music in the Renaissance, Revised Edition, Dent, London,
  • Sadie, Stanley with Alison Latham: 1990, The Cambridge Music Guide, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge; New York,
  • Whittal, Arnold: 1987, Romantic Music, First Edition, Thames & Hudson, London,
  • Wyn Jones, David: 2006, The Symphony in Beethoven's Vienna, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York,
  • Taruskin, Richard: 2010, The Oxford History of Western Music: The Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century, Oxford University Press,
  • Burkholder, P. and Palisca, C: 2009, Norton Anthology of Western Music: Ancient to Baroque, WW Norton,
Other Resources

26750, Website, Oxford/Grove Online, 2007, Grove Music Online; Encylopedia of Popular Music; The Oxford Companion to Music; The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com, 26751, Website, 0, Online Scores, www.imslp.org, 26752, Website, Education Scotland, 0, Learn Listening Online: An Interactive Resource for Music Students, http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learnlisteningonline/index.asp, 26753, Website, 0, Graphic Scores, www.youtube.com, 26754, Website, 0, Online Recordings, www.youtube.com, 26755, Website, Kelly Dean Hansen, 0, Brahms Listening Guide, http://kellydeanhansen.com/,
Programme or List of Programmes
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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