Checking date: 19/05/2022

Course: 2023/2024

History of Music
Bachelor in Cultural Studies (Plan: 435 - Estudio: 364)


Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: History, Geography and Art Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to musical language and Musicology. Parameters and basic concepts. Musical notation systems. 2. Non-western musical cultures and oral tradition music: Ethnomusicology. 3. Music in Ancient Greece. Music, mythology and theatre. 4. Medieval music: christian liturgy and secular song. 5. Renaissance polyphony and secular genres: the madrigal. 6. Early Baroque (1600-1640). The birth or opera. 7. Medium Baroque (1640-1690). National styles. 8. Late Baroque (1690-1750). The culmination of counterpoint. Naples opera. Bach and Haendel. 9. Classicisme (1750-1800). From Mannheim School to Sturm und Drang. Joseph Haydn, W. A. Mozart. 10. Music and Romanticism. The transition: Ludwig van Beethoven. Piano and Lied: Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert. Symphonic genres: pure music and programatic music. 11. Opera and ballet in XIXth Century. Bel Canto, verism, French opera and wagnerian drama. 12. Musical nationalisms: the revival of European periphery. 13. Spanish Music (1800-1936). The controversy of zarzuela and national opera. The search for the essences: Pedrell, Albéniz, Granados, Falla. The masters and the generation of 1927. 14. XXth Century: the avant-garde rupture. Impressionism, atonalism and neoclassicism. Other tendencies: Les Six, Bartok, Gershwin, Prokofiev, Britten. Music during the Franco dictatorship. 15. Contemporary music since 1945. Serialism, aleatory music, minimalism, concrete music and electroacoustic. Music and total art: perfomance, happening, videoart. The impact of musical industry. Popular music
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.