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Undergraduate Course: Special History in Music: Arnold Schoenberg and the Emancipation of Music (MUSI10082)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMusic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an alternative view of the work and legacy of the Jewish composer, Arnold Schoenberg. It will trace the development of his compositional expression and his ideas, through reading and discussing his essays, and exploring his music. The work of successive generations of composers will then be viewed through the lens of Schoenberg¿s principal concern: the emancipation of the power of music from the cultural constraints of 19th century Europe. The nature of responses to Schoenberg¿s work will be queried in the light of the anti-semitism of the Third Reich, and contemporary accusations of incomprehensibility.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least three Music courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Students will become familiar with Schoenberg¿s music and his writings.
2. Students will explore one important strand of European music before and after 1945.
3. Students will examine contemporary debates about the meaning of music, and its accessibility.
4. Students will consider how cultural and technical concepts develop in the discourses surrounding music.
Assessment Information
One 3,000 word essay (40%) to be submitted in Week 8; one 3,000 word essay (40%) to be submitted at the end of the semester and one presentation (20%) to be scheduled by the Course Organiser.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. The myth of Schoenberg.
2. Brahms and Liszt: the intoxication of late Romanticism.
3. ¿¿ air from other planets ¿¿: the limits of tonality.
4. The pure Expression of the Five Orchestral Pieces.
5. The path to the 12-tone row.
6. Idea and style: the rediscovery of classicism.
7. ¿How one becomes lonely.¿ Schoenberg and his critics.
8. Music and Race.
9. Schoenberg is dead: Darmstadt and patricide.
10. Music as freedom in post-war Europe.
11. Music freed from Culture: a global emancipation.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Adorno, W. The Philosophy of Modern Music. New York : Continuum, 1994.
Auner, J. A Schoenberg Reader. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2003.
Boulez, P. Stocktakings from an apprenticeship. Oxford: Clarendon, 1991.
Ross, A. The Rest is Noise: listening to the 20th century. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Schoenberg, A. (L. Stein, ed.) Style and Idea. London: Faber & Faber, 1975.
Taruskin, R. The Oxford history of western music: Music in the early 20th century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Weekly 2-hour seminars.
KeywordsMusic, History, Schoenberg, Composer
Course organiserProf Peter Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2433
Course secretaryMr Brad Herbert
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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