East European 20th Century Classics - MUS00015C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Thomas Simaku
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

This course will focus on the music of four East-European composers who have long established themselves as major figures in the international scene. Lutoslawski and Penderecki, Ligeti and Kurtag, all grew up on the eastern side of the iron curtain and had their own experiences of adapting to a totalitarian regime. To a greater or lesser extent, all of them were influenced by Bart ³k, but each of them followed their individual path and composed music that is unmistakably their own. None of them subscribed to the hard-core system of integral serialism of the 50s, yet total chromaticism and aspects of serial thinking became part of their compositional idioms. Through the study of their key works and a hands- on approach on techniques such as aleatoricism and micro-polyphony, we will follow the development and the stylistic individuality of each of these 20th Century Classics.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the taught part of the project all students should:

  • be familiar with the main works of the four composers under examination
  • have developed an understanding of the compositional techniques in the representative scores of each composer
  • have developed an awareness of the stylistic changes in the career of these composers
  • broadened their knowledge of issues concerning the stylistic individuality of each composer
  • have developed their presentation skills

Third years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes C1-C6, C7 & C10

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark Group
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 50 Default
Essay/coursework
Folio of compositional exercises
N/A 50 Default
Essay/coursework
Composition and commentary
N/A 50 A
Essay/coursework
Folio of compositional exercises
N/A 50 A

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark Group
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 50 Default
Essay/coursework
Folio of compositional exercises
N/A 50 Default
Essay/coursework
Composition and commentary
N/A 50 A
Essay/coursework
Folio of compositional exercises
N/A 50 A

Module feedback

Report form, with marks to student no later than 6 weeks from submission of assessment

Indicative reading

  • Rae, Charles Bodman (1999): The Music of Lutoslawski. 3rd Edition. London: Omnibus Press.
  • Kaczynski, Tadeusz (1995): Conversations with Lutoslawski. 2nd English Edition. London: Chester Music.
  • Willson, Rachel Beckles (2007): Ligeti, Kurt g, and Hungarian music during the Cold War. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Willson, Rachel Beckles (2004): The sayings of Peter Bornemisza, Op.7: a concerto for Soprano and piano. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Jacobson, Bernard (1996): A Polish Renaissance. London: Phaidon.
  • Ligeti, Gy ¶rgy (1983): Gy ¶rgy Ligeti in Conversation. London: Eulenberg.
  • Griffiths, Paul (1997): Gy ¶rgy Ligeti. 2nd Edition. London: Faber.

Suggested Scores:

  • Bart ³k: String Quartet No. 3 & 4, Concerto for orchestra
  • Lutoslawski: Musique Funebre - hommage Bart ³k, Livre pour Orchestre, Jeux Venetiens, String Quartet, Symphonies No2 & No 3, Partita, Epitaph
  • Kurt g: Stele for orchestra, Kafka Fragments, String Quartet Op.1, 12 Microludes,Ligeti: Atmospheres, Lontano, Lux aeterna, Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, String Quartets No.1 & 2, Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto, Piano Etudes
  • Penderecki: Threnody - To The Victims of Hiroshima for 52 Strings, St. Luke's Passion, String Quartet No. 1 & 2, Violin Concerto



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