MUSSUPST 2002 - Musicianship 2B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course extends the examination of the means and context of Western art music practice through the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (ranging from Schubert to John Adams). While encompassing the great names of the Western canon, the course also takes a fresh look informed by new directions and perceptions in musicology. The advanced methods and forms of composition that evolved from the Romantic era to Twentieth Century modernism are the focus for the course's theoretical studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSSUPST 2002
    Course Musicianship 2B
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSSUPST 2001
    Incompatible MUSSUPST 1120, MUSSUPST 2120, MUSSUPST 2110
    Assessment History essay (30%), Analysis and writing assignment (30%), Exam (40%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Anne Cawrse

    History: James Koehne
    Theory: Anne Cawrse
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    History Tuesday 11 -12pm Hartley Concert Room
    Theory Lecture Thursday 9-10am Hartley Concert Room
    Theory Tutorial Thursday 10-11am Hartley Concert Room
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this course the students will:

    discuss and analyse key historical, aesthetic and theoretical developments in Western art music through the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

    demonstrate and apply advanced critical listening skills, score reading ability and repertoire knowledge.

    explore and examine music within a wide historical and cultural context using appropriate terminology.

    demonstrate high level research and writing skills, including the use of online resources.

    apply knowledge and understanding of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century music composition through analysis and practical writing exercises.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Learning resources

    Required resources
    Weekly related readings (see below), are available either as a PDF on MyUni, online via the Elder Music Library, or external websites.
    Recommended Resources

    Recommended Resources


    The Music Library located in the Barr Smith Library, Level 1 South is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings:

    The recommended General Music History text for Musicianship 2B is the five volume Norton Western Music in Context Series (Walter Frisch, Series Editor):

    For Musicianship 2B:
    Walter Frisch, Music in the Nineteenth Century
    Joseph Auner, Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

    These volumes are not available online unfortunately, but may be accessed in the High Use Collection of the Barr Smith Library.

    The Oxford History of Western Music by Richard Taruskin is available online via the Uni Library at:

    The following online resources may be accessed via the Music Databases page in Uni Library at:

    • Oxford Music Online (including Grove Music Online)

    • Via Cambridge Histories Online, you can access the respective volumes of the The Cambridge History of :
    o Medieval Music
    o Fifteenth-Century Music
    o Sixteenth-Century Music
    o Seventeenth-Century Music
    o Eighteenth-Century Music
    o Nineteenth-Century Music
    o Twentieth-Century Music

    • Naxos Music Library

    Online Learning
    Online learning

    MyUni will be used to provide details of lecture and seminar content, set readings, assessment advice, and announcements.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning &Teaching Modes

    Lectures and seminars will cover and explore the range of topics as set out in the Course Outline. Spoken word delivery will be supported by audio-visual exhibits and other media.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to the required contact hours, students are expected to play an active role in the practice, refinement and consolidation of their knowledge and understanding. For each hour of this course students will need to spend on average an additional minimum of 3-4 hours per week on readings, critical listening, self-initiated learning and research in order to pass the course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning Activities Summary

    The information below is divided into history and theory lecture topics. It is intended as a guide, and may change in response to needs arising during the semester.

    Tutorials will focus on the theory topic of the preceeding week, and will include analytical, aural, composition and performance activities.

    History Topics

    1. Nationalism: cause & inspiration
    2. Brahms/ Wagner and the continuity of Romanticism
    3. Opera, from Rossini to Puccini
    4. Encounters and Imaginings: ‘Exotic’, ‘Oriental’ and ‘Primitive'
    5. Fin-de-siècle Paris: styles and influence
    6. Uprising of the Avant-Garde
    7: The ‘Call to Order’: Serialism, Neo-Classicism, Socialist Realism
    8. Across the ‘Great Divide’: Jazz and Popular music influences
    9. Music in Hollywood
    10. Experimental Music
    11. Modernism
    12. Tensions of the late 20th Century

    Theory Topics

    1. Heading Towards a Breakdown: Mid Ninteenth Century- Where are we harmonically, and what comes next?
    2. The ‘Rules’ of Chromatic Harmony Classical clarity is replaced by Romantic ambiguity.
    3. Wagner and the importance of the ‘Tristan Chord’
    4. Exotic harmonies Extended chords of the 9th, 11th & 13th.
    5. Harmony, texture, timbre and form in the music of Debussy 
    6. Schoenberg and Expressionism - The emancipation of dissonance.
    7: ‘Atonality’ and the 12-tone method The dissolution of tonality and rise of serialism and the 12-tone method of composition.
    8. Stravinsky - Innovations in rhythm, tonality and structure
    9. Bartok - Harmonic, melodic and structural innovations
    10. Messiaen - Theories of modality, rhythm and form
    11. Aspects of Modernism: Total serialism and micro-polyphony
    12. Minimalism - A return to tonality and modality.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Task type Weighting Learning Objectives
    History Essay Summative 30% 1,3,4
    Theory Assignments Summative 2 x 15% 1,2,3,5
    Exam Summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment detail

    History Essay (30% of total mark for semester)

    Theory Assignments (2 x 15%  of total mark for semester)

    Assignment 1: Score reduction and harmonic analysis of late 19th Century orchestral excerpt.

    Assignment 2: Composition excercise reflecting an understanding of style and process of a 20th Century composer (choose from set options).
    History and Theory Exam (40% of total mark for semester)

    3 Hour exam, equally examining understanding of History and Theory as covered through Semester.

    Will include, but not limited to: multiple choice questions (History), short answer questions (History and Theory) and aural recognition questions pertaining to set listening list (Theory).



    Late assignment policy:

    Late written assignments will be accepted to a maximum of 7 days late with a late penalty of 2 marks per calendar day applied. 

    Extensions without penalty may be granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. 

    To apply for an extension, use the medical/compassionate application form available at:;field=data;id=7446;m=view

    The completed form should be submitted to the Elder Conservatorium Office, either in person at the Music Office front desk (Schulz Building Level 9, access via western Schulz lifts) or via email:

    Students will receive feedback on their assessment tasks.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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