• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest History, Musicology, Music, European Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Scott Davie
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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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). The hey-day of global European Empires, the long nineteenth century was marked by the complex interplay of artistic, cultural, philosophical, and socio-political movements. Within the Western Art Music tradition, this period encompasses the ‘Classical Style’ of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, its development over the course of the nineteenth century, and the end of common-practice tonality with the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. This course will help students better understand the musical practices of this period along with the broader narratives and frameworks that shape how we interact with Western musical culture. It will also introduce students to contemporary musicological theories and methodologies used to study this music.

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 1700-1914;
  2. discuss musical works and their historical, theoretical, and cultural dimensions;
  3. demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills appropriate to the advancement of scholarly argument; and
  4. present musicological arguments informed by a range of methodologies and frameworks.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay Plan (700 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Final Essay (2500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Mid-semester Listening test (20) [LO 1,2]
  4. Final Listening test (20) [LO 1,2]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures and 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 36 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Readings to be assigned.



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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4050 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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