- Intensively taught programme cover a wide range of specialised topics.
- Designed as a foundation for further research focusing on current approaches and advanced techniques.
- Allows for mixture of modules within the department - Analysis, History and Composition - and in other departments.
In this programme, which allows a wide choice, we encourage you to select modules according to your particular interests. A third may be from other Humanities departments. You may specialise in historical musicology, theory and analysis or composition. Alternatively, you may mix modules from each field in appropriate combinations, according to your needs and experience.
Specialist modules cover current approaches to scholarly writing on music as well as advanced techniques of research and composition. You will submit an individually supervised special study (a dissertation, analysis or portfolio of compositions) at the end of the programme.
Programme format and assessment
Modules worth 120 credits, plus a special study (dissertation or portfolio).
Programme modules for MMus Music
Post-Tonal Music and Composition Theory
The module considers the ways in which modelling and borrowing have entered the content of 20th-century music from the point of view of the composer and listener. It examines technical procedures involved in modelling and explores the ways in which composers have contextualised the 'borrowing' as revealed by the music and the composer's writings. Taking as a starting point the ideas of Harold Bloom (poetry), Wollheim (painting), Charles Rosen and Joseph Straus (music), the course examines influence, modelling, recomposition, borrowing, quotation and parody.
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.