Music and Romanticism

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music and Romanticism

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This module is open to students majoring in music at their home institution only.

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description: In this course we will discuss the interactions between romanticism and music in the context of romantic literature, literary criticism and German idealist philosophy, and wider socio-political developments such as post-revolution anxieties, the Napoleonic wars, and changing perceptions of time. Special attention will be given to the path by which ideas and aesthetics were transmitted between different cultural circles and mediums; to arguments that the adoption of romantic aesthetics was a pragmatic response from artists adjusting to changing professional circumstances; and to the historical and geographical contingency of versions of romanticism. The course focuses on German romanticism between 1800 and 1850, but we will take two significant excursions to romanticism in Italy and France. The persistence of romantic aesthetics ? and the institutionalisation of romanticism - will also be considered, from the perspective of later nineteenth-century and contemporary cultural life.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;

    1 x 3000 word essay (60%) 1 x 2hr written examination (40%)

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