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MUM4180 - Chamber Music History and Repertoire

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Carol Williams


Not offered in 2008


This unit covers historical and analytical perspectives on major chamber works from the Middle Ages to the present, including the development of the sonata form, seen as the result of adapted vocal forms influenced by dance music. Also considered are 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.


On successful completion of the unit, students should have an understanding of the growth and development of musical forms for small ensembles 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

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