• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music

The 'long nineteenth century’ was first defined by the British historian Eric Hobsbawm as the period of Western History between the beginnings of the French Revolution (1789) and the First World War (1914).  It also witnessed the hey-day of global European Empires and the rise of the United States of America as a global power. But it also neatly encapsulates the high point of the Western Art Music tradition we know today as ‘Classical Music’, or, more specifically, the 'Classic-Romantic Era', from the stylistic triumphs of the First Viennese School of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, to the end of common-practice tonality in the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. In addition, it saw the rise of mass popular musical culture, the beginnings of jazz, and the development of many of the key features of the modern music industry as we know it today.

This course will give students the opportunity to better understand not just the traditional notions of ‘classical’ and ‘romantic’ music, but also the interplay between such music and wider historical narratives that have come profoundly to shape the ways we hear, and understand, Western musical culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and critique key historical narratives of Western music history in the period 1789-1914.
  2. Use musical works effectively in the presentation of historical evidence.
  3. Demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills appropriate to the advancement of scholarly argument.

Indicative Assessment

Essay: 2,500 words (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3)

Listening Test: (20%) (LO 1, 2)

Two hour written Exam: (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3)

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2 hours of lectures per week for 13 weeks and 12 hours of tutorial/feedback. Students are expected to undertake a further 92 hours of independent study, research, reading and writing over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed MUSI1104 and MUSI1106.

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with standard western music notation.




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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9473 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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