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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Late Romantic to Contemporary Music
Module Code MC402
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

This course explores the history and development of late nineteenth-century music through to contemporary music: the principal forms, techniques and styles; music in its political and cultural context in Europe and the United States; and the relationship between music and other arts, and between music and evolving aesthetics of composition.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the forms, techniques and aesthetics of music in the late-nineteenth century and in the twentieth century.
2. Engage in research into current trends in contemporary music, and engage critically with ideas of composition and performance.
3. Display analytical skills acquired through the study of key works from the period.
4. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of cultural and philosophical influences on compositional ideals.
5. Build on a solid foundation for the teaching of historical and analytical perspectives in late-Romantic and contemporary music.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecture-Demonstration with music analysis, discussion, aural and vocal work
Assignment Completion26Dedicated preparation time for Listening Test and Essay
Independent Study75Reading and web-based research; music-listening related to course work; further contextual listening.
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

Late-Romantic expression in music
Musical forms and techniques; historical, political and cultural influences on composition; music and national identity in Germany, England, Russia, France, Finland etc.

20th-Century and Contemporary Music
Cultural and political influences on musical style and ideas; use of folk music; national identity; Composition in the United States; music, noise and silence; what is music?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayEssay based on coursework30%Week 9
In Class TestListening Test20%Week 12
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

  • Adorno, Theodor W. ; translated by Anne G. Mitchell and Wesley V. Blomster. 1984: 0, Philosophy of Modern Music, Continuum New York,
  • Adorno, Theodor W. ; translated by Rodney Livingstone. 1994: 0, Quasi una Fantasia : Essays on Modern Music, Verso London; New York,
  • Austin, William W. 1966: 0, Music in the Twentieth Century : from Debussy through Stravinsky, J.M. Dent London,
  • Cross, Jonathan (ed.) 2003: 0, The Cambridge Companion to Stravinsky, Cambridge University Press Cambridge ; New York,
  • Griffiths, P 1986: 0, Modern Music, Thames & Hudson New York,
  • Griffiths, Paul 1981: 0, Modern Music : The Avant Garde since 1945, Dent London,
  • Grout and Palisca: 0, A History of Western Music,
  • Hodeir, André ; translated by Noel Burch. 1961: 0, 1, Since Debussy : A View of Contemporary Music, Secker and Warburg London,
  • Holloway, Robin 1979: 0, Debussy and Wagner, E. Eulenburg London,
  • Keeble, B. 1999: 0, The Music of Silence: A Composer’s Testament: John Tavener, Faber London,
  • Levi, Erik 1994: 0, Music in the Third Reich, Palgrave Basingstoke,
  • Machlis, J. 1963: 0, An Introduction to Contemporary Music, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd London,
  • Mitchell, Donald 1993: 0, The Language of Modern Music, Faber & Faber London; Boston,
  • Morgan, R. P 1991: 0, Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America, Norton New York,
  • Stein, Leonard (ed.) ; with translations by Leo Black. 1975: 0, Style and Idea : Selected Writings of Arnold Schoenberg, Faber & Faber London,
  • Van den Toorn, Pietr 1983: 0, The Music of Igor Stravinsky, Yale University Press London ; New Haven,
  • Taruskin, Richard: 0, Oxford History of Western Music,
Other Resources

31359, Website, 0, : Contemporary Music CentreContemporary Irish Music Resources, Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, http://www.cmc.ie/, 31360, Website, 0, OUP 2007, 'Grove Online, Oxford Companion to Music, Oxford Dictionary of Music Online, Oxford, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/, 31361, Website, 0, BBC Radio 3 Classical Music Archive, http://bbc.co.uk/radio3, 31362, Website, 0, Online Scores, http://www.imslp.org/, 31363, Website, 0, Online Recordings, http://www.youtube.com/,
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