• 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:

  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; and
  3. demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills appropriate to the advancement of scholarly argument.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay (2500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Listening Test (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Two hour written Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI1104 and MUSI1106, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

N/A minor amendments

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with standard western music notation.



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6.00 0.12500
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Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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First Semester

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4050 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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