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MUS4180 - Chamber Music

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Carol Williams


Not offered in 2007


The history of chamber music from the Middle Ages to the present is studied from both cultural and analytical points of view. Though evolution of style and form over time is the principal methodological approach taken, selected "peak" works are foregrounded and examined in detail as representative of works of the same time, nation or function. An early issue covered is the development of the sonata form, seen as the result of adapted vocal forms influenced by dance music. Questions such as the propriety of the modern concert hall for the presentation of the intimate chamber music model; the social origins of chamber music; and performance modes - amateur or professional - are considered.


On successful completion of the unit, students should have an understanding of the growth and development of musical forms seen as an outcome of cultural change as well as a number of methods of analytical inquiry which can be applied specifically to chamber forms.


Written (4 short assignments): 10%
Four short class papers (15 minutes each): 10%
Essay (4000 words): 40%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour seminar) per week