Module WXM-3157:
The Music of Stockhausen

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Prof Andrew Lewis

Overall aims and purpose

This module forms an introduction to the music of the radical German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007). It will consider specific works by Stockhausen, as well as the issues they raise, and will do so from both historical and analytical perspectives. It will also aim to consider the music of Stockhausen in the context of works by other composers.

Course content

This module forms an introduction to the music of the radical German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007). It will consider specific works by Stockhausen, as well as the issues they raise, and will do so from both historical and analytical perspectives. It will also aim to consider the music of Stockhausen in the context of works by other composers.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Work which displays basic, restricted knowledge of the subject, with simple ability at conceptual thought, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair expression

good

The work should display a sound grasp of the subject, a good level of conceptual thought, awareness of the main issues, with evidence of intellectual acumen and good expression.

excellent

Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written skills.

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to critically evaluate Stockhausen’s theoretical framework and its relation to his practice.

  2. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to place the music of Stockhausen in its historical and cultural context.

  3. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to synthesise the diverse elements of Stockhausen’s style and approach.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay

Essay questions are provided in the module handbook.

75
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Presentation 25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

One class of 2 hours per week for 11 weeks, plus one reading week.

22
Private study 78

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.

Resources

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