Modules for course 32N6 | BA/ELM
BA English Literature and Music

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • WXM-1002: The Study of Music (jt-hnrs) (20) Core
    The module surveys the history of Western art music from around 1000 AD to the present day. Selected works from the period will be studied in detail, and changes and developments in musical style will be set in their historical, cultural, social, geographical and aesthetic contexts. Furthermore, the module will encourage the development of a range of skills required for the study of music at degree level, and will form the foundation for musicological study carried out in Years 2 and 3 and beyond.
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    WXC-1002: Astudio Cerddoriaeth (JH) (20) Core
    Mae’r modiwl yn edrych ar hanes cerddoriaeth gelfyddydol Orllewinol o tua 1000 AD i'r cyfnod presennol. Astudir gweithiau dethol o’r cyfnod yn fanwl, a gosodir newidiadau a datblygiadau mewn arddull gerddorol yn eu cyd-destunau hanesyddol, diwylliannol, cymdeithasol, daearyddol ac esthetaidd. Yn ogystal, bydd y modiwl yn annog datblygiad amrywiaeth o sgiliau sydd eu hangen i astudio cerddoriaeth ar lefel gradd, a bydd yn sylfaen ar gyfer astudiaeth gerddolegol a wneir ym Mlynyddoedd 2 a 3 a thu hwnt.
  • QXE-1013: Reading, Thinking, Writing (20)
    The course will include analytical reading of drama, prose, poetry and film in English from the medieval period to the present era; an introduction to critical and theoretical approaches to the reading of literature; integration of close textual study and critical/theoretical approaches, as the foundation for all other modules in the School; practical development of skills of literary commentary, essay writing, and critical discussion.

Semester 2

  • WXM-1002: The Study of Music (jt-hnrs)
    The module surveys the history of Western art music from around 1000 AD to the present day. Selected works from the period will be studied in detail, and changes and developments in musical style will be set in their historical, cultural, social, geographical and aesthetic contexts. Furthermore, the module will encourage the development of a range of skills required for the study of music at degree level, and will form the foundation for musicological study carried out in Years 2 and 3 and beyond.
    or
    WXC-1002: Astudio Cerddoriaeth (JH)
    Mae’r modiwl yn edrych ar hanes cerddoriaeth gelfyddydol Orllewinol o tua 1000 AD i'r cyfnod presennol. Astudir gweithiau dethol o’r cyfnod yn fanwl, a gosodir newidiadau a datblygiadau mewn arddull gerddorol yn eu cyd-destunau hanesyddol, diwylliannol, cymdeithasol, daearyddol ac esthetaidd. Yn ogystal, bydd y modiwl yn annog datblygiad amrywiaeth o sgiliau sydd eu hangen i astudio cerddoriaeth ar lefel gradd, a bydd yn sylfaen ar gyfer astudiaeth gerddolegol a wneir ym Mlynyddoedd 2 a 3 a thu hwnt.

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • QXE-1003: Intro. to Medieval Literature (20) (Semester 1)
    Introduction to Medieval Literature offers students the opportunity to study a variety of Old English literature that is evocative of the intricate decoration on the Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon hoard; riddles, Old English battle poetry and The Dream of The Rood (taught in translation). In the second part of the module students will encounter Middle English drama, romance poetry and Chaucerian verse in its original language. The transition between the Old to the Middle English period will be analysed in terms of specific themes and motifs, such as the development from pagan Germanic heroism to Christian values. Chivalry, the comic and bawdy, and piety will be the main foci in the Middle English part of the course, explored through a range of poetry, prose, drama and life writing. This module is an ideal ‘taster’ for the medieval literature modules available at levels two and three.
  • QXE-1004: The Literature of Laughter (20) (Semester 2)
    The module is organised on a chronological basis, moving from Chaucer to Monty Python and beyond, taking in on the way a selection of texts by Shakespeare, Wycherley, Pope, Swift, Austen, Dickens, Twain, as well as Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum and an anthology of comic verse. The lectures place the texts in their historical and cultural contexts, while the seminars and study groups focus on the week’s specified text for close reading and discussion. Both the lectures and the smaller groups are consistently concerned with the module’s over-riding questions about the nature of literary laughter. Concepts such as wit and satire are analysed, along with some of the recurring topics of humorous writing: religion, politics, sex and gender. The major functions of laughter – for stereotyping, for self-defence, for reform, rebellion, or release of tension – are highlighted for both their continuity and their difference in specific literary and cultural contexts.
  • QXE-1014: The Gothic in Literature/Film (20) (Semester 2)
    This introductory course focuses mainly on Gothic writing from the late eighteenth century onwards, although it begins by looking at examples of the medieval and early-modern grotesque that help to set early Gothic novels in context. Organized in a loosely chronological way, this module is particularly sensitive to the ways in which Gothic texts have been used to represent contemporary cultural anxieties (such as the New Woman in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, or New Technology in the early years of the twenty-first), but it will also examine how the Gothic has been used to articulate political resistance, for example in anti-imperialist, post-colonial, and feminist works. It will also pay particular attention to the Gothic as a visual form, both analysing the representation of Gothic spaces in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and art, and investigating the importance of the genre to the development of cinema, from silent-era German expressionism to the present. While the precise topics covered by the module will vary from year to year, themes will include some of the following: Terror and the Sublime; Monstrosity and Deviance; Doubles and Doppelgängers; Vampires and Sexualities; Parody and Pastiche; Domesticity and ‘The Uncanny’; Cybergothic and the Post-human; Feminist and Postcolonial Rewritings; Gothic and the Young Adult Novel. Students will situate texts within their historical and political contexts, and will also gain an awareness of a range of important theories (from Freud’s notion of the Uncanny to Derrida’s theories of hauntology) that will be important to the study of literature in the rest of their degree.
  • QXE-1015: Landmarks in Literature (20) (Semester 1)
    The specific texts studied will vary from year to year, but the module will include nineteenth-century works (e.g. Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle); English ‘classical’ stories of the early twentieth century (e.g. Agatha Christie); American ‘hard boiled’ versions (e.g. Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), and modernist, postmodernist and other variants (e.g. Jorge Luis Borges, Sara Paretsky, Walter Mosley, Paul Auster). Film and television adaptations may also be included. The module will also situate the texts in relevant historical and cultural contexts, and explore them via key concepts in literary theory.
  • QXE-1016: Children's Fiction (20) (Semester 2)

40 credits from:

  • WXM-1004: Intro - Harmony & Counterpoint (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the elements of musical language – melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm – through the study of compositional practice in the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. Students work through a course of study which will develop aural skills, score reading and analytical skills, creativity, and a thorough understanding of the parameters for the construction of music during the periods in question. This module is intended for those students who little or no prior knowledge of harmonic principles. Students with some prior experience (e.g. those who have done chorale harmonization as part of A-Levels or equivalent) will be encouraged to register for WXM1008. Please note: WXM1004 and 1008 both cover effectively the same material in both semesters; in semester 2, both groups are taught together; in semester 1 WXM1004 covers similar ground as WXM1008, but at a slower pace (hence the doubled contact hours).
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    WXC-1004: Cyflwyniad Harmoni/Gwrthbwynt (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw datblygu dealltwriaeth myfyrwyr o elfennau ieithwedd gerddorol – alaw, harmoni, gwrthbwynt, rhythm – trwy astudio’r arfer a oedd yn gyffredin i gyfansoddwyr yn ystod cyfnod y Dadeni Hwyr a'r Baróc. Mae myfyrwyr yn gweithio trwy gwrs o astudiaeth a fydd yn datblygu medrau sain glust, darllen sgorau, a medrau dadansoddol, creadigrwydd a dealltwriaeth o’r paramedrau a osodai’r sylfeini ar gyfer creu cerddoriaeth yn ystod y cyfnod dan sylw. Bwriedir y modiwl hwn ar gyfer y myfyrwyr hynny sydd â phrofiad cyfyngedig o egwyddorion harmonig. Anogir myfyrwyr mwy profiadol (e.e. y rhai sydd wedi astudio cydgordio corâl fel rhan o Lefel-A) i gofrestru ar gyfer WXC1008 yn lle hwn.
  • WXM-1008: Higher Harmony & Counterpoint (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the elements of musical language – melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm – through the study of compositional practice in the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. Students work through a course of study which will develop aural skills, score reading and analytical skills, creativity, and a thorough understanding of the parameters for the construction of music during the periods in question. This module is intended for those students who have some prior knowledge of harmonic principles (e.g. those who have done chorale harmonization as part of A-Levels or equivalent). Students with less experience will be encouraged to register for WXM1004 instead. Please note: WXM1004 and 1008 both cover effectively the same material in both semesters, in semester 2 both groups are taught together, in semester 1 WXM1004 covers similar ground as WXM1008, but at a slower pace (hence double contact hours)
    or
    WXC-1008: Harmoni a Gwrthbwynt Uwch (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Cynnwys y Modiwl Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw datblygu dealltwriaeth myfyrwyr o elfennau ieithwedd gerddorol – alaw, harmoni, gwrthbwynt, rhythm – trwy astudio’r arfer a oedd yn gyffredin i gyfansoddwyr yn ystod cyfnod y Dadeni Hwyr a'r Baróc. Mae myfyrwyr yn gweithio trwy gwrs o astudiaeth a fydd yn datblygu medrau sain glust, darllen sgorau, a medrau dadansoddol, creadigrwydd a dealltwriaeth drylwyr o’r paramedrau a osodai’r sylfeini ar gyfer creu cerddoriaeth yn ystod y cyfnod dan sylw. Mae’r modiwl hwn wedi’i anelu at y myfyrwyr hynny sydd eisoes â rhywfaint o wybodaeth o egwyddorion harmoni (e.e. y rhai sydd wedi astudio cydgordio corâl fel rhan o Lefel-A). Anogir myfyrwyr llai profiadol i gofrestru ar gyfer WXC1004 yn lle hwn.
  • WXK-1010: Sonic Art (20) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    WXC-1010: Celfyddyd Sonig (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • WXK-1011: Composition Year 1 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This course will introduce students to some of the compositional techniques used in the twentieth and twenty first centuries and show how harmony, rhythm, structure, instrumentation and pitch have evolved, presenting students with the basic tools for composition. The first half of the course will look at these techniques in relation to a number of important musical styles that evolved during the twentieth century. The course will also consider individual instruments and their particular characteristics, in addition to vocal writing. Students are then encouraged to try out these techniques in exercises and assignments, which will be set throughout the course..
    or
    WXC-1011: Cyfansoddi Blwyddyn 1 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Bydd y cwrs hwn yn cyflwyno’r myfyriwr i rai o’r technegau cyfansoddi a ddefnyddiwyd yn yr 20fed ganrif, gan ddangos sut mae harmoni, rhythm, adeiledd, offeryniaeth a thraw wedi datblygu. Rhoddir y cyfryngau sylfaenol i’r myfyrwyr ar gyfer cyfansoddi. Bydd y cwrs hefyd yn ystyried offerynnau penodol a’u nodweddion arbennig, yn ogystal ag ysgrifennu ar gyfer y llais. Yna anogir y myfyrwyr i roi cynnig ar y technegau yn eu cyfansoddiadau hwy eu hunain.
  • WXP-1016: Solo Performance Year 1 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module combines a programme of individual instrumental or vocal tuition with an introduction to a range of important issues which concern performers, including preparing and delivering a recital programme, effective practice techniques, working with other musicians, and different approaches to interpretation. THIS MODULE IS NOT AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC. CO-REQUISITE: minimum of ABRSM 7 or equivalent.
    or
    WXC-1016: Perfformio Unawdol Blwyddyn 1 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae’r modiwl yn cyfuno rhaglen o hyfforddiant unigol ar offeryn neu lais â chyflwyniad i amrediad o faterion pwysig sy’n ymwneud â cherddorion, yn cynnwys paratoi a pherfformio rhaglen datganiad, technegau ymarfer effeithiol, gweithio â cherddorion eraill, a dulliau gwahanol o dehongli. NID YW'R MODIWL HWN AR GAEL I FYFYRWYR O'R TU ALLAN I'R YSGOL CERDDORIAETH. CYD-OFYNIAD: o leiaf ABRSM Gradd 7 neu gyfwerth.
  • Students can only choose one of the four Harmony & Counterpoint modules.

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

20 to 40 credits from:

  • WXM-2011: Musicology Year 2 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Research is a fundamental academic skill, and so too is the ability to effectively communicate the results of that research in writing. On this module, students undertake research into a musical topic of their own choice, and write up their findings in the form of a short dissertation of around 4500-5000 words. At the same time, the module introduces students to some of the conventions and methods of musicological research and presentation, through the study of various examples of academic writing. Moreover, students will continue to develop study skills taught in The Study of Music, including bibliographical skills, skills of independent thinking, and skills in oral presentation. The module will prepare students for undertaking a Dissertation in Year 3, and may also be useful to students considering undertaking an Editing Project in Year 3.
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    WXC-2011: Cerddoreg Blwyddyn 2 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae ymchwil yn fedr academaidd sylfaenol, ac felly hefyd y gallu i ysgrifennu’n effeithiol ar ganlyniad yr ymchwil honno. Ar y modiwl hwn, mae myfyrwyr yn gwneud ymchwil i bwnc o’u dewis, ac yn ysgrifennu ar eu canfyddiadau mewn traethawd o ryw 4500-5000 o eiriau. Ar yr un pryd, mae’r modiwl yn cyflwyno myfyrwyr i rai o gonfensiynau a dulliau ymchwil a chyflwyno cerddoregol, a hynny trwy astudiaeth ar wahanol enghreifftiau o ysgrifennu academaidd. Ar ben hynny, bydd myfyrwyr yn parhau i ddatblygu’r medrau astudio a ddysgir yn Astudio Cerddoriaeth, yn cynnwys medrau llyfryddiaethol, medrau meddwl yn annibynnol, a medrau cyflwyno ar lafar. Bydd y modiwl yn paratoi myfyrwyr ar gyfer ysgrifennu Traethawd Hir ym Mlwyddyn 3, a gall hefyd fod yn fuddiol i fyfyrwyr sy’n ystyried Project Golygu ym Mlwyddyn 3.
  • WXM-2205: Notation and Editing (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Students taking the course will transcribe and edit a variety of music, some vocal and some instrumental, from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from reproductions of original sources. Some sources will be in score, some in parts, some in tablature; some will be manuscript and some printed. Certain pieces of work will involve a single source; others will require the collation and appraisal of more than one source, with variant readings tabulated and conclusions drawn about the relationship of the sources. As the title suggests, the course is divided into two parts, which will focus on different skills: Semester 1: ‘Notation’ introduces students to the palaeography of music before 1600 and teaches the elementary skills for the understanding and transcription of white mensural notation. Semester 2: ‘Editing’ covers techniques and approaches of critical editing and philology, which will enable you to produce a scholarly edition with all the standard ingredients. Case studies for this part of the module are taken mainly from the so-called ‘common practice era’.
  • WXK-2233: Composition Year 2 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module seeks to build on Level 4 Composition, while at the same time introducing new ideas and techniques. Throughout, the emphasis will be on introducing students to the multiplicity of styles and techniques that have emerged during the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st. This may include bold experimentation and creative innovation, including working with non-tonal styles (pre-tonal, post-tonal, atonal), or the study of post-tonal and post-minimal styles of recent decades.
    or
    WXC-2233: Cyfansoddi Blwyddyn 2 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Adeilada’r modiwl hwn ar astudiaethau Cyfansoddi Blwyddyn 1, ynghyd â chyflwyno syniadau a thechnegau newydd ar yr un pryd. Bydd pwyslais cyson ar arbrofi mentrus a newydd-deb creadigol, gan weithio gydag arddulliau anghyweiraidd (cyn-donyddol, ôl-donyddol ac anhonyddol), ynghyd ac ymdriniaethau newydd o ffurf. Ceir gwaith damcaniaethol (gwrando, dadansoddi a thrafod pynciau) ynghyd a gwaith ymarferol (gweithio drwy dechnegau, cyflwyno enghreifftiau, datrys problemau), gan ganolbwyntio ar dechnegau ac elfennau penodol - rhai yn newydd, a rhai yn gyfarwydd ers modiwl Cyfansoddi Lefel 1. Nid yw’r modiwl hwn yn addas ar gyfer myfyrwyr sy’n dymuno cyfansoddi mewn arddulliau hanesyddol neu pastiche.
  • WXK-2235: Acousmatic Composition (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Acousmatic music is sonic art which uses sound as its basic material and the loudspeaker as its mode of delivery. This module aims to introduce students to acousmatic composition in a more focused way than is possible in the Year 1 Practical Music Technology module, and with a more creative emphasis. It aims to equip students with the basic technological, compositional and aesthetic knowledge and understanding necessary for acousmatic composition. (This module is not intended for students wishing to compose popular music, or music using conventional approaches to harmony, melody or rhythm.)
  • WXP-2241: Solo Performance Year 2 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The students will be expected to build on and expand skills already established during the solo performance modules in Year 1. This will be carried out through individual instrumental or vocal tuition. The tutor will provide consultation and help construct a projected programme of stylistically-varied technical and interpretive solo repertoire for the students to explore that will benefit the individual’s technical and musical development. Please note that students may also follow a maximum of 20 credits in ensemble performance across levels 5 & 6. This module is capped at 20 students
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    WXC-2241: Perfformio Unawdol Blwyddyn 2 (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Bydd disgwyl i’r myfyrwyr adeiladu ar fedrau y maent eisoes wedi’u dysgu yn ystod y modiwlau perfformio unigol ar lefelau 1 neu 2 ac adeiladu arnynt. Gwneir hyn trwy hyfforddiant offerynnol neu leisiol unigol. Bydd y myfyriwr a’r tiwtor yn ymgynghori, a bydd y tiwtor yn cynorthwyo i lunio rhaglen arfaethedig o repertoire technegol a deongliadol yn dangos arddulliau amrywiol, i’r harchwilio gan y myfyriwr, ac a fydd yn fuddiol i ddatblygiad technegol a cherddorol yr unigolyn. modiwl 'cap' o 20 o fyfyrwyr
  • WXM-2269: Arts in the Community (20) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    WXC-2269: Celfyddydau yn y Gymuned (20) (Semester 1 + 2)

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • QXE-2003: Jonson to Johnson (20) (Semester 2)
  • QXE-2005: Victorian Literature (20) (Semester 1)
    The Victorians lived in an era of change and contradictions: a culture in which some reaped immense rewards from mechanised industry, but feared the idea of 'mechanism'; a period which saw the growth of cities and democracy, but was attracted to images of medieval feudalism. These themes will be examined, along with: realism in the Victorian novel; the narrators of the Victorian novel; ideas of truth in art and fiction; the figure of the intellectual or 'sage'; the domestic sphere; children and orphans; women as writers and members of Victorian society; the important relationship between notions of scientific 'truth' and religious 'faith', and ideas of nationality and race as expressed in the work of Irish, Scottish and Welsh authors working within concepts associated with the British empire. This course looks at a broad range of texts including novels, poetry and essays. Authors studied may include Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, John Ruskin, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Robert Stevenson, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde.
  • QXE-2013: Renaissance and Reformation (20) (Semester 1)
    This course offers an introduction to the `Golden Age¿ of English literature, an exciting period of cultural change which encompasses the Reformation, the rise of a culture of individualism, and the English Revolution of the 1640s and 1650s. Among the modes of writing produced in these turbulent circumstances are poetic forms such as songs, sonnets, epigrams and pastoral epic; dramatic genres such as revenge tragedy and city comedy; and prose works such as autobiographical confessions, pamphlets and fiery sermons. Texts week 1. William Shakespeare, Henry V 2. Philip Sidney, Apology for poetry and all sonnets in Norton from Astrophil and Stella 3. Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta 4. Edmund Spenser, book 1 of The Faerie Queene (in Norton) 5. William Shakespeare, Othello 6. John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (in Norton) 7. reading week 8. John Donne, Songs and Sonnets, the Elegies,and the Holy Sonnets (all those in the Norton) 9. George Herbert and Henry Vaughan (all poems in the Norton) 10. John Milton, Paradise Lost (books 1-4, in Norton) 11. John Dryden, The Conquest of Granada 12. Etheridge, The Man of Mode Editions ¿ no preference.
  • QXE-2019: Contemporary Literatures (20) (Semester 2)
    ‘Contemporary Literatures’ introduces students to the first postmodern texts in the 1950s, and takes them right up to literature from the present day. The course asks students to investigate how literature (across a range of genres) responds to the broad historical trends and specific events of the age. While these might include residual literary traditions from the 1950s such as the theatre of ‘angry young men’ and ‘Movement’ poetry, the module will initially focus on the emergence of postmodernity. It will go on to consider how the Anglophone literary field has became more international in the second half of the twentieth century, witnessing the emergence of national literary traditions in a range of former colonies. New and contemporary movements and traditions in Anglophone literature will be explored in the second part of the course. These might include British Asian literature, post 9/11 literature, recent American drama, eco-poetry and the effect on literature of recent digital innovation.
  • QXE-2020: The Romantic Period in Britain (20) (Semester 1)
    The Romantic Period (c. 1785 -1832) was marked by social change, political strife and a growth in print culture. In many ways it was the start of the modern age, as Britain sought to define itself both internally and within a global context. This course introduces students to both canonical and non-canonical texts of the period and the ways in which they both shaped and reflected wider social and cultural concerns. It will guide students through key areas of current scholarship of the period so that they may refine their understanding of the relationship between texts and their contexts. In order to question what the term ‘Romanticism’ may entail, this course focuses not only on certain authors and texts from this period but also what may be termed Romantic spaces, including the home, nation, metropolis (both London and Edinburgh will feature prominently), border spaces, natural or picturesque settings (including Tintern Abbey and nearby Snowdon), reading rooms, theatres, the boxing ring and galleries.
  • QXE-2024: Alfred Hitchcock (20) (Semester 2)
    Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most notable example of a director whose films were popular both with audiences and with critics seeking to establish the credibility of film as an art form. His work provides a case-study of theories of authorship; of different national cinemas and studio systems, and of a particular genre, the thriller. In addition, the popularity and accessibility of Hitchcock’s films also raise questions concerning narrative, spectatorial pleasure, the gaze, and gender, and consequently provide an opportunity to explore the interrelation and limits of film theory and film practice
  • QXE-2027: Literature and Modernity (20) (Semester 1)
    Literature and Modernity examines literature about, or by writers from, Britain and Ireland in a period bracketed by the emergence of proto-modernist writing in the late 1890s and the emergence in the early 1950s of texts that would later be seen as postmodern. This period in Western Europe witnessed unprecedented changes in the modes of production, in relations between the sexes and between the classes, and in the development of new cultural forms like radio and cinema. While these originated in the Victorian period, they were accelerated by the social and psychological impact of the First World War, global depression, the rise of fascism, another catastrophic World War and the start of the nuclear age, historical factors that make the study of literature from this period especially rewarding. Students will study some of the ways in which authors responded to these cataclysmic shifts by considering work from a range of critical perspectives. These may include the literary movement (for example, modernism), broad historical change (for example, changes in gender roles), a major historical event (for example, the Second World War), genre, or recent trends in criticism which encourage us to look at this period’s writing from a new angle.
  • QXE-2101: Beowulf to Malory (20) (Semester 2)
    Seminar list/lecture list Week 1 Historical and Cultural Overview of the Old English Period Week 2 Beowulf Week 3 The Old English Elegies Week 4 Christian Heroes Week 5 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales: General Prologue and the Franklin's Prologue and Tale Week 6 Chaucer: the Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale Week 7: NO LECTURES OR SEMINAR Week 8 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Week 9 Malory, The Morte Darthur, I Week 10 Malory, The Morte Darthur, II Week 11 Henryson (photocopies to be provided) Week 12 NO LECTURES; revision seminar
  • QXL-2222: History of English (20) (Semester 2)
    1. Studying the History of English. 2. The Sounds and Writing of English 3. Causes and Mechanisms of Language Change. 4. The Indo-European Language Family and Proto-Indo European. 5. Germanic and the Development of English. 6. The Sounds and Words of Old English. 7. The Grammar of Old English. 8. The Rise of Middle English: Words and Sounds 9. The Grammar of Middle English and the Rise of a Written Standard. 10. The Sounds and Inflections of Early Modern English. 11. Early Modern English Verbal Constructions and Eighteenth-Century Prescriptivism. 12. Modern English.
  • Students must take (at least) 1 module dealing with Literature before 1800, and 1 from post-1800 modules.

10 to 40 credits from:

  • WXM-2009: 20th Century Women Composers (10) (Semester 2)
    Musicology has in recent years been enriched by research that highlights the contribution made by women to Music & Music History.This module forms an introduction to some of the most important women musicians of the twentieth century, including: a. British: Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-83), Grace Williams (1906-77) and Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-94). b. Europe: Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944), Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), Nadia (1887-1979) and Lili Boulanger (1893-1918). c. American: Amy Beach (1867-1944), Marion Bauer (1882-1955), Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-53) and Louise Talma (1906-96). d. Established Contemporary Voices: Thea Musgrave (1928-), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), Kaija Saariaho (1952-) and Chen Yi (1953-).
  • WXM-2010: Zappa: the man and the music (10) (Semester 2)
    In this module, Frank Zappa’s music and life will be explored chronologically, starting from his beginnings as a young musician in Baltimore to his classical compositions towards the end of his life. The subject matter to be covered throughout the lectures and seminars will comprise: Zappa’s compositional styles and influences; his engagement in political issues (including censorship); humour and satire in his music; his classical works; his collaborations, and the legacy left by him.
  • WXM-2019: Opera: Monteverdi to Mozart (10) (Semester 2)
  • WXM-2020: 19th Century Symphony (10) (Semester 1)
  • WXM-2115: Minimalism (10) (Semester 2)
    This course will begin by looking at the use of the term Minimalism in art and music and trace its evolution in the early works of La Monte Young and Terry Riley. Discussion of Steve Reich's significant essay 'Music as Gradual Process', will be followed by the analysis of works by Reich, Glass, Adams and Torke, before looking at the contribution of European composers such as Pärt, Gorecki, Andriessen, Bryars, Skempton and Nyman.
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    WXC-2115: Minimaliaeth (10) (Semester 2)
    Bydd y cwrs hwn yn cychwyn gan edrych ar y defnydd o'r term Minimaliaeth mewn celfyddyd gain a cherddoriaeth, cyn olrhain esblygiad y term yng ngherddoriaeth La Monte Young a Terry Riley. Trafodir ysgrif arwyddocaol Steve Reich 'Cerddoriaeth fel Proses Raddol', cyn dadansoddi gweithiau Reich, Glass, Adams a Torke, ac yna edrych ar gyfraniad cyfansoddwyr Ewropeaidd megis Pärt, Gorecki, Andriessen, Bryars, Skempton a Nyman.
  • WXM-2153: From Dufay to Josquin (10) (Semester 1)
    Description: Numerous composers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had well-deserved reputations in their day as excellent singers or renowned choirmasters. Nevertheless it is Josquin de Prez (d. 1521) whose reputation towered over those of his contemporaries, and continues to do so today. This module considers the music of Josquin alongside that of his contemporaries, such as Antoine Brumel, Pierre de la Rue, Loyset Compère, Jacob Obrecht and Heinrich Isaac, and examines the nature of musical production and distribution during Josquin's lifetime. Method, number and frequency of classes: Normally one class of 1 hour and 15 minutes per week for nine weeks, plus up to two individual consultations by arrangement. Assessment: One essay submitted in week 12 (80%); one seminar presentation of 10 minutes' duration (20%). Learning Outcomes: On completion of the module, the student should have: 1. acquired a reasonably detailed knowledge of the main compositional genres of the period, and of selected works by Josquin and his contemporaries 2. developed an awareness of the historical and cultural contexts which gave rise to this music 3. gained an awareness of the problem of anonymous music and composer attribution during the period 4. developed an enhanced perspective of the portrayal of one of the first 'great composers'
  • WXM-2157: The Music of Stockhausen (10) (Semester 1)
    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.
  • WXM-2189: Ligeti (10) (Semester 2)
    The Hungarian born György Ligeti established himself as one of the most distinguished composers from the second half of the twentieth century. This module will focus on a selection of his most well-known compositions (which features his orchestral Atmosphères and Melodien, his Violin Concerto, the opera Le Grand Macabre, the piano Études and selected chamber and vocal pieces), assessing his artistic contribution within the European cultural developments of the time while placing their significance within the composer’s creative and historical background. Close attention will be paid in identifying his distinctive style and composition techniques, and on how they shaped his independent and uncompromising creative output.
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    WXC-2189: Ligeti (Cymraeg) (10) (Semester 2)
    Sefydlodd y cyfansoddwr Hwngaraidd, György Ligeti, ei hun fel un o ffigyrau mwyaf blaenllaw ail hanner yr ugeinfed ganrif. Canolbwyntia’r modiwl hwn ar astudio detholiad o’i weithiau enwocaf (sy’n cynnwys y darnau cerddorfaol Atmosphères a Melodien, ei Gonsierto i’r Ffidil, yr opera Le Grand Macabre, yr Études i’r piano ac ambell i waith siambr a lleisiol arall), gan asesu ei gyfraniad artistig o fewn datblygiadau celfyddydol Ewropeaidd ei gyfnod. Gosodir eu harwyddocâd o fewn cefndir creadigol a hanesyddol y cyfansoddwr gan fanylu ar ei arddull unigryw a’i dechnegau cyfansoddi a’r modd y dylanwadodd y rhain ar ei allbwn annibynnol a digyfaddawd.
  • WXM-2209: Brazilian Music and Culture (10) (Semester 1)
    The module will explore some important Brazilian musical genres and relate these to cultural and political developments in the country. The impact of Brazilian popular music outside Brazil will be discussed as well as the effect of foreign music on the country. The module will give students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with several musical styles and artists. Key ideas for the analysis of the issues covered will also be discussed.
  • WXC-2216: Cerdd Cymru A: 20fed-g (10) (Semester 1)
    Er amled y cyfeiriadau ar hyd y canrifoedd at Gymru-'Gwlad y gân' - dim ond yn ddiweddar iawn y rhoddwyd y sylw dyladwy i faes CERDDORIAETH YNG NGHYMRU fel rhan o gwrs gradd (Cerddoriaeth).Gwelwyd tuedd gyffredinol ymhlith cerddorion proffesiynol y gorffennol i anwybyddu'r traddodiad ar draul derbyn agweddau ar gerddoriaeth gwledydd estron. I'r perwyl hwn, fe adawyd bylchau mawr yn ein llenyddiaeth gerddorol fel cenedl, dibrisiwyd gwerth nifer o'n traddodiadau a chollwyd golwg ar rai nodweddion unigryw Cymru a'i phobl.

0 to 30 credits from:

  • WXM-2187: Music, Health and Wellbeing A (10) (Semester 2)
  • WXK-2191: Songwriting (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Students will be introduced to many basic and advanced aspects of composing in various song genres, with particular reference to the presentation of rhythmic counterpoint, harmonic vocabulary, melodic shaping, formal archetypes and lyrics in their songs. These will be illustrated with reference to a number of song styles, ranging from folk to jazz and rock genres. At the end of the module, the student will have created a small portfolio their own songs, and be able to present their work to a good standard either on audio CD or in written form. (For recordings this means that the sounds are distortion-free unless intentionally so, all elements are appropriately audible and relatively balanced in terms of level. Scores must be presented in an accepted form such as jazz lead-sheet, full score or popular piano-and-vocal sheet. They should follow the conventions of the particular style chosen and be clear, intelligible, and make sense for the harmonic language, time signature and instruments chosen.)
  • WXM-2207: Harmony & Counterpoint (Adv) (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module builds on and develops the basic analytical and (pastiche) compositional skills acquired in WXM/WXC 1004/1008. It will explore in detail a variety of vocal and instrumental music, and compositional practices and techniques from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries; students will be introduced to a range of music from analytical and compositional perspectives. The module will focus on particular genres (such as piano sonata, string quartet) and forms (such as sonata- form exposition, rondo). It will also introduce students to advanced chromaticism and modulation in a range of contexts; these aspects will also be discussed in relation to historical development.
  • WXK-2234: Composing for Film/Media (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The aim of the course is to equip students with the necessary technical and creative skills to prepare them for the world of music for film, television and the media – a field of composition that is full of challenges but very pleasurable. Instruction will be given on the use of specific software and hardware (such as Logic Pro and sibelius), as well as how to synchronise images with sound, the use of keyboards and software samples, and basic mixing techniques. Alongside this will be a series of lectures on topics relating to research, industry and criticism of musical styles and genres in the media. Examples from the work of some of the masters of the form will be analysed, such as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and Harry Gregson-Williams, to enable the student to gain an understanding of the medium. Detailed attention will be paid to business and legal implications. CO-REQUISITES: Ideally students will have experience of Orchestration (WXK2231 or WXC2232) and Composition (WXC2233) or WXK2233) or Acousmatic Composition (WXK2235), but this is not essential.
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    WXC-2234: Cyfansoddi - Ffilm/Cyfryngau (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Amcan y cwrs yw rhoi'r medrau technegol a chreadigol angenrheidiol i fyfyrwyr er mwyn eu paratoi ym myd cerddoriaeth ar gyfer cerddoriaeth i ffilm, teledu a'r cyfryngau - maes o gyfansoddi sy'n llawn her ond yn bleserus iawn. Rhoddir cyfarwyddiadau ar feddalwedd a chaledwedd benodol (megis Logic Pro a sibelius), yn ogystal â sut i gydamseru delweddau â sain, defnydd allweddellau a pheiriannau samplo, a sut i gofnodi a chymysgu cerddoriaeth. Ar yr un pryd, cyflwynir darlithoedd ar bynciau sy'n ymwneud ag ymchwil, diwydiant a beirniadaeth ar arddulliau a genres cerddorol yn y cyfryngau. Dadansoddir enghreifftiau cerddorol o eiddo rhai o feistri'r ffurf, megis John Williams, Alexandre Desplat a Harry Gregson-Williams er mwyn i'r myfyrwyr gael dealltwriaeth o'r cyfrwng. Rhoddir sylw gweddol fanwl i'r goblygiadau ar fusnes a materion cyfreithiol. CO-REQUISITES: Gorau oll os oes gan fyfyrwyr brofiad o Cerddorfaeth (WXK2231 neu WXC2232) a Chyfansoddi (WXC2233 neu WXK2233) neu Gyfansoddi Acwsmatig (WXK2235), ond nid yw hynny'n orfodol.
  • WXP-2243: Ensemble performance 1 (10) (Semester 1)
    Students will be required to form small instrumental or vocal ensembles before the course commences. If students have a specific instrumental formation in mind that cannot be formed within the module, they may invite guest performers. Pianists will have the option to choose collaborative piano (accompanying) as their specialism within the module. Collective rehearsal sessions will be organised by the students with individual coaching provided by members of the School of Music staff. Ensembles are encouraged to explore the existing repertoire during weeks 1–3, and then in subsequent weeks to work on their performance of the work(s) selected by the group. Please note that students may follow a maximum of 20 credits in EnsemblePerformance across Levels 5 and 6.
  • WXP-2244: Ensemble performance 2 (10) (Semester 2)
    Students will be required to form small instrumental or vocal ensembles before the course commences. If students have a specific instrumental formation in mind that cannot be formed within the module, they may invite guest performers. Pianists will have the option to choose collaborative piano (accompanying) as their specialism within the module. Collective rehearsal sessions will be organised by the students with individual coaching provided by members of the School of Music staff. Ensembles are encouraged to explore the existing repertoire during weeks 1–3, and then in subsequent weeks to work on their performance of the work(s) selected by the group. Please note that students may follow a maximum of 20 credits in EnsemblePerformance across Levels 5 and 6.
  • WXP-2253: Fusion Ensemble 1 (10) (Semester 1)
    Students will learn approaches to improvisation and playing together from a number of musical traditions including jazz, European traditional music, and the music of other cultures such as those of China and Brazil. They will be led in workshops by a tutor where they will experiment with different techniques and develop pieces for performance. Students will work in different ensembles and with various instruments. Feedback will be provided as performance pieces are rehearsed for assessment.
  • WXP-2254: Fusion Ensemble 2 (10) (Semester 2)
  • WXM-2270: Music Teaching in Context (20) (Semester 1 + 2)

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

30 to 60 credits from:

  • WXM-3275: Diss.: Music in the Community (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The dissertation in Music in the Community is an independent piece of writing focusing on some area of music in the community. It may be the only dissertation you are writing, or it may be a second dissertation in a contrasting area to your longer main dissertation. The dissertation in Music in the Community may be a self-contained study focusing on a set topic (such as an aspect of music therapy), or it may involve a practical element, such as market research undertaken on behalf of an Arts Centre or Festival, with a view to producing a series of recommendations on policy. In many cases the project will follow on from skills learned or small-scale projects undertaken during one of the pre-requisite modules (Arts Administration and/or Music in the Community). The topic will be selected by the student in consultation with a member of staff and approved by the Board of Examiners in the normal manner. This selection and approval takes place in the summer term immediately preceding Year 3. The writing should take account of previous and current relevant research but demonstrate originality of mind in approach and argument. Credit will be given for quality of ideas, clarity and logic of argument and presentation, suitability of bibliography, and elegance of presentation.
  • WXM-3276: Dissertation (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The dissertation is an independent piece of writing on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff and approved by the Board of Examiners. This selection and approval takes place in the summer term immediately preceding Year 3. The writing should take account of previous relevant research but demonstrate originality of mind in approach and argument. Credit will be given for quality of ideas, clarity and logic of argument and presentation, suitability of bibliography, and elegance of presentation. The dissertation will be accompanied by seminars on the research, bibliography and methodology skills required for writing the dissertation.
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    WXC-3276: Traethawd Hir (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae’r traethawd hir yn ddarn o ysgrifennu annibynnol ar destun a ddewisir gan yr ymgeisydd mewn ymgynghoriad ag aelod staff ac a gymeradwyir gan y Bwrdd Arholi. Mae’r dewis a’r cymeradwyo hwn yn digwydd yn ystod tymor yr haf yn union cyn Blwyddyn 3. Dylai’r ysgrifennu gymryd i ystyriaeth ymchwil flaenorol berthnasol, ond dylai ddangos gwreiddioldeb meddwl o ran dull ymdrin a dadl. Rhoddir credyd am ansawdd syniadau, eglurder a rhesymeg dadl, addasrwydd llyfryddiaeth a mireinder y cyflwyniad. I gyd-fynd â’r traethawd hir ceir seminarau ar y sgiliau ymchwil, llyfryddiaeth a methodoleg sydd eu hangen i ysgrifennu'r traethawd hir
  • WXM-3277: Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The dissertation is an independent piece of writing on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff and approved by the Board of Examiners. This selection and approval takes place in the summer term immediately preceding Year 3. The writing should take account of previous relevant research but demonstrate originality of mind in approach and argument. Credit will be given for quality of ideas, clarity and logic of argument and presentation, suitability of bibliography, and elegance of presentation. The dissertation will be accompanied by seminars on the research, bibliography and methodology skills required for writing the dissertation.
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    WXC-3277: Traethawd Hir (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae'r traethawd hir yn ddarn o ysgrifennu annibynnol ar destun a ddewisir gan yr ymgeisydd mewn ymgynghoriad ag aelod staff ac a gymeradwyir gan yr Bwrdd Arholi. Mae'r dewis a'r cymeradwyo hwn yn digwydd yn ystod tymor yr haf yn union cyn Blwyddyn 3. Dylai'r ysgrifennu gymryd i ystyriaeth ymchwil flaenorol berthnasol, ond dylai ddangos gwreiddioldeb meddwl o ran dull ymdrin a dadl. Rhoddir credyd am ansawdd syniadau, eglurder a rhesymeg dadl, dull cyflwyno, addasrwydd llyfryddiaeth a mireinder y cyflwyniad. I gyd-fynd a'r traethawd hir ceir seminarau bob pythefnos lle bydd y myfyrwyr yn gweithio gyda thiwtoriaid y modiwl ar y sgiliau ymchwil, llyfryddiaeth a methodoleg sydd eu hangen i ysgrifennu'r traethawd hir
  • WXM-3282: Edition (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Participants of this module will prepare a critical edition of a suitable work from original sources or photographic reproductions of such sources. The work concerned will be selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff; the selection approved by the Board of Examiners, during the summer term of Year 2. The length of the work will depend upon various factors, including scoring, the number and complexity of sources, and the extent and degree of editorial intervention the materials demand; but in every instance full editorial apparatus will be required, including a detailed textual commentary. The edition should show awareness of previous editions of relevant music, but also demonstrate a capacity for solving specific editorial problems. Credit will be given for the quality of presentation as well as of editorial work. The project will be accompanied by seminars on the research, bibliography and methodology skills required for preparing the edition.
  • WXM-3283: Edition (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Participants of this module will prepare a critical edition of a suitable work from original sources or photographic reproductions of such sources. The work concerned will be selected by the candidate in consultation with a member of staff; the selection approved by the Board of Examiners, during the summer term of Year 2. The length of the work will depend upon various factors, including scoring, the number and complexity of sources, and the extent and degree of editorial intervention the materials demand; but in every instance full editorial apparatus will be required, including a detailed textual commentary. The edition should show awareness of previous editions of relevant music, but also demonstrate a capacity for solving specific editorial problems. Credit will be given for the quality of presentation as well as of editorial work. The project will be accompanied by seminars on the research, bibliography and methodology skills required for preparing the edition.
  • WXK-3288: Composition (project) (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The composition project is an opportunity for students to spend a sustained period engaged in compositional activity, working towards the production of a work, or works, of significant scale and duration. Students complete a composition or portfolio of compositions for any combination of instruments, voices, electroacoustic and studio resources, with the guidance of a supervisor. Project composers meet regularly as a group to consider broad issues and to share ideas and approaches. Compositions should demonstrate a thorough understanding of their genre, facility in the relevant technical skills, clarity of creative intent, and contemporary cultural relevance in their aesthetic approach. Compositions should be submitted in the form of a notated score, recording or a combination. If the work involves music for moving image, a DVD of music synchronised to picture must also be submitted. The piece or portfolio should normally be about 18 minutes in duration, by agreement with the supervisor, and depending on the tempo, the complexity of the music and the nature of the instrumental/vocal/ electroacoustic resources used. Portfolios may contain a mix of different genres. This module is not appropriate for students wishing to compose in historical or pastiche styles.
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    WXC-3288: Cyfansoddi (project) (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae’r project yn gyfle i fyfyrwyr dreulio cyfnod estynedig mewn gweithgaredd yn ymwneud â chyfansoddi, gan weithio tuag at greu gwaith, neu weithiau, ar raddfa a hyd sylweddol. Mae myfyrwyr yn cwblhau cyfansoddiad neu bortffolio o gyfansoddiadau ar gyfer unrhyw gyfuniad o offerynnau, lleisiau, adnoddau electroacwstig ac adnoddau stiwdio, dan gyfarwyddyd arolygwr. Bydd y cyfansoddwyr sydd ar y project yn cwrdd yn gyson fel grŵp i ystyried materion eang ac i rannu syniadau a dulliau. Dylai cyfansoddiadau ddangos dealltwriaeth drylwyr o’u genre, meistrolaeth ar y medrau technegol perthnasol, eglurder o ran bwriad creadigol, a pherthnasedd diwylliannol cyfoes o ran eu dull esthetig. Dylai myfyrwyr gyflwyno cyfansoddiadau ar ffurf sgôr wedi’i nodiannu, recordiad neu gyfuniad. Os yw’r gwaith yn cynnwys cerddoriaeth ar gyfer delwedd symudol, dylech hefyd gyflwyno DVD o gerddoriaeth wedi’i chydamseru â’r llun. Fel rheol, dylai’r darn neu’r portffolio gymryd rhyw 18 munud, trwy gytundeb â’r arolygwr, ac yn ôl y tempo, cymhlethdod y gerddoriaeth a nodweddion yr adnoddau offerynnol/ lleisiol/ electroacwstig a ddefnyddir. Gall portffolios gynnwys cymysgedd o wahanol genres. Nid yw’r modiwl hwn yn addas i fyfyrwyr sy’n dymuno cyfansoddi mewn arddulliau hanesyddol neu pastiche.
  • WXK-3289: Composition (project) (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The composition project is an opportunity for students to spend a sustained period engaged in compositional activity, working towards the production of a work, or works, of significant scale and duration. Students complete a composition or portfolio of compositions for any combination of instruments, voices, electroacoustic and studio resources, with the guidance of a supervisor. Project composers meet regularly as a group to consider broad issues and to share ideas and approaches. Compositions should demonstrate a thorough understanding of their genre, facility in the relevant technical skills, clarity of creative intent, and contemporary cultural relevance in their aesthetic approach. Compositions should be submitted in the form of a notated score, recording or a combination. If the work involves music for moving image, a DVD of music synchronised to picture must also be submitted. The piece or portfolio should normally be about 22 minutes in duration, by agreement with the supervisor, and depending on the tempo, the complexity of the music and the nature of the instrumental/vocal/ electroacoustic resources used. Portfolios may contain a mix of different genres. This module is not appropriate for students wishing to compose in historical or pastiche styles.
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    WXC-3289: Cyfansoddi (project) (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae’r project yn gyfle i fyfyrwyr dreulio cyfnod estynedig mewn gweithgaredd yn ymwneud â chyfansoddi, gan weithio tuag at greu gwaith, neu weithiau, ar raddfa a hyd sylweddol. Mae myfyrwyr yn cwblhau cyfansoddiad neu bortffolio o gyfansoddiadau ar gyfer unrhyw gyfuniad o offerynnau, lleisiau, adnoddau electroacwstig ac adnoddau stiwdio, dan gyfarwyddyd arolygwr. Bydd y cyfansoddwyr sydd ar y project yn cwrdd yn gyson fel grŵp i ystyried materion eang ac i rannu syniadau a dulliau. Dylai cyfansoddiadau ddangos dealltwriaeth drylwyr o’u genre, meistrolaeth ar y medrau technegol perthnasol, eglurder o ran bwriad creadigol, a pherthnasedd diwylliannol cyfoes o ran eu dull esthetig. Dylai myfyrwyr gyflwyno cyfansoddiadau ar ffurf sgôr wedi’i nodiannu, recordiad neu gyfuniad. Os yw’r gwaith yn cynnwys cerddoriaeth ar gyfer delwedd symudol, dylech hefyd gyflwyno DVD o gerddoriaeth wedi’i chydamseru â’r llun. Fel rheol, dylai’r darn neu’r portffolio gymryd rhyw 22 munud, trwy gytundeb â’r arolygwr, ac yn ôl y tempo, cymhlethdod y gerddoriaeth a nodweddion yr adnoddau offerynnol/ lleisiol/ electroacwstig a ddefnyddir. Gall portffolios gynnwys cymysgedd o wahanol genres. Nid yw’r modiwl hwn yn addas i fyfyrwyr sy’n dymuno cyfansoddi mewn arddulliau hanesyddol neu pastiche.
  • WXP-3297: Solo Performance Project (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Participants of the module will prepare and perform a public recital of 30 minutes’ duration, featuring stylistically-diverse solo repertoire from different periods. Individual instrumental or vocal tuition will be accompanied by seminars in which the students will work on advanced questions of repertoire, rehearsal strategies, performance practice and historically-informed performance. This module is capped at 15
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    WXC-3297: Project Perfformio Unawdol (30) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Bydd y rhai sy’n dilyn y modiwl yn paratoi a pherfformio datganiad cyhoeddus yn para am 30 munud, yn cynnwys repertoire unawdol mewn arddulliau amrywiol o gyfnodau gwahanol. Caiff myfyrwyr hyfforddiant offerynnol neu leisiol unigol ochr yn ochr â seminarau, lle bydd y myfyrwyr yn gweithio ar gwestiynau uwch ar repertoire, strategaethau ymarfer, ymarfer ar gyfer perfformio, a pherfformio dan ddylanwad hanesyddol. Dim ond 15 myfyriwr ar y modiwl yma
  • WXP-3298: Solo Performance Project (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Participants of the module will prepare and perform a public recital of 40 minutes’ duration, featuring stylistically-diverse solo repertoire from different periods. Individual instrumental or vocal tuition will be accompanied by seminars in which the students will work on advanced questions of repertoire, rehearsal strategies, performance practice and historically-informed performance. This module is capped at 15 students
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    WXC-3298: Project Perfformio Unawdol (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Bydd y rhai sy’n dilyn y modiwl yn paratoi a pherfformio datganiad cyhoeddus yn para am 40 munud, yn cynnwys repertoire unawdol mewn arddulliau amrywiol o gyfnodau gwahanol. Caiff myfyrwyr hyfforddiant offerynnol neu leisiol unigol ochr yn ochr â seminarau, lle bydd y myfyrwyr yn gweithio ar gwestiynau uwch ar repertoire, strategaethau ymarfer, ymarfer ar gyfer perfformio, a pherfformio dan ddylanwad hanesyddol. Dim ond 15 o fyfyrwyr ar y modiwl yma
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS: Students must choose at least ONE Project, either in Music or in other subject. Students are welcome to choose more than one project: either two in Music or one in each School.

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • QXE-3012: Detective Fiction (20) (Semester 1)
    This module covers nineteenth-century works by Poe, Collins and Conan Doyle; English ‘classical’ stories of the early twentieth century (Chesterton, Christie); American ‘hard boiled’ versions (Hammett, Chandler), and modernist and postmodernist variants (Borges, Auster). The module will situate the text in some historical and cultural contexts, and focus on the relationship between form and ideology in the genre.
  • QXE-3022: Shakespeare and EM Literature (20) (Semester 1)
  • QXE-3028: Literature in the Community (20) (Semester 1)
  • QXE-3031: Welsh Writing in English (20) (Semester 1)
    ‘Modern Welsh Writing in English’ will consider a range of texts, principally written in English, emerging from modern Wales. The module explores the development of a tradition of Anglophone Welsh writing from the late nineteenth century, across the twentieth century and up to the contemporary moment. In so doing seeks to investigate the varied ways in which Welsh writers – male and female, from North and South (and beyond), rural and industrial, and across a range of genres and forms – have articulated the Welsh experience in all its diversity. The module will also introduce students to some of the current critical and theoretical approaches being adopted in the study of Welsh writing.
  • QXE-3034: Arthurian Literature (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will consider a selection of the best writing about the Arthurian legend, from the ninth century to the twentieth, with the aim of showing the development and use of this legend throughout a very long period. The choice of texts may be vary from year to year, but is likely to include the Mabinogion, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Malory, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Mark Twain and T.H. White. The main themes that inform the legend will be discussed alongside the different writers’ agendas in adapting and manipulating the core elements of the tradition.
  • QXE-3080: Chaucer: Comedy, Calamity and (20) (Semester 2)
    This module provides an opportunity to examine a range of works by Geoffrey Chaucer, one of the most interesting and important authors of late medieval English literature. Through an analysis of the Canterbury Tales alongside The House of Fame, The Book of the Duchess, Troilus and Criseyde, and selections from the Legend of Good Women, Chaucer’s literary accomplishments will be examined with the aim of understanding his place in the English canon. During the seminars there will by opportunity to explore the wide range of themes and motifs employed in Chaucer’s works, as well as his extraordinary versatility in tackling different literary genres. Students will also engage with a diversity of theoretical and critical approaches to Chaucer’s work and modern adaptations of his texts, reflecting this medieval author’s continued appeal in the modern world. This module is an ideal companion to any of the other level three medieval literature modules.
  • QXE-3084: Recent Prize Winning Literatur (20) (Semester 2)
    The field of contemporary literature could fairly be described as a competitive arena dominated by a culture of prizes and charts: best-sellers, Booker Prize winners, the nation's favourite poems, the book of the year, and so on. But what makes a prize-winning work of literature, and how do concepts such as artistic skill and literary worth square with ideas of popularity and success? This course will examine a selection of recent prize-winning texts in a variety of genres, including poems, novels, short stories, autobiographies and screenplays, and relate them to critical and theoretical debates about taste, literary value and the market-place. During the course we will also take one major prize as a case study, examining the entire process from the selection of the genre(s) to be judged, the criteria, the jury members, the mechanisms for submission and the nature of the prize itself, through the short-listing stage and associated publicity to the final choice and the awards ceremony.
  • QXE-3088: Bob Dylan (20) (Semester 2)
    SEMINARS Material to be studied in seminars will include: Critical distinctions between modernist, mass, and popular cultures; `Folk music¿ and Dylan's early career; Rock music and Dylan's transition to electric performance; The relationship between biography and critical analysis; Dylan and religion; Dylan and literature; Textual analysis of the song lyric; Dylan and the visual arts; The transition from analogue to digital reproduction and dissemination; Bootleg culture.
  • QXP-3093: Experimental Writing (20) (Semester 2)
  • QXE-3096: Medieval Women's Literature (20) (Semester 1)
    What texts were medieval women writing and reading? This module examines women’s textual culture in an historical period in which many male-authored works encouraged women to be ‘chaste, silent and obedient,’ in spite of an assumption that women were naturally inclined towards lust and gossip. The module explores texts from the range of literature written and read by women, and the ways in which female-produced works (those written, translated, read, commissioned, performed and discussed in medieval England) were in dialogue with the constructions of medieval womanhood current during this period. The texts studied in seminar offer opportunity to hear, amongst others, the intimate thoughts and words of Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, the Paston wives and Marie de France, on topics as broad as love, marriage, sex, death and religion, as recorded in travel narratives, letters, devotions, lyrics and other literature – all of which contributed to the rich textual culture of the Middle Ages. This module is an ideal companion to any of the other level three medieval literature modules.
  • QXE-3099: The English Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module involves the production of an extended piece of critical writing of a length and quality appropriate to the culmination of the undergraduate degree scheme. Drawing on knowledge and critical methodologies learned earlier in the degree, students will be assisted via lectures and individual supervisions in devising, refining, developing and presenting a substantial piece of critical work on a topic of their choosing. The series of introductory lectures and workshops will focus on how to develop the initial research idea into a workable project presented in appropriate scholarly form. Critical self-reflection will be developed via the proposal and oral presentation in the first semester, and via discussions with the supervisor, which are held at key stages in the development of the project in both semesters.
  • QXE-3105: Reading Myth (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will take as its focus the textual response to inherited mythic structures: how myth may be perceived in theoretical terms as a proairetic discourse; how it establishes affinities with certain genres (e.g. epic, tragedy, romance); and how in more contemporary cultural debates it has been problematised by expectations of falsehood. The seminar programme will range from Ancient Greek representations of myth (e.g. Medea) to medieval accounts of Scripture in dramatic narrative (e.g. Abraham and Isaac) and to varying accounts of saints’ lives. In the early modern period attention may be devoted to the changing importance of ancient mythologies in literary narrative. In the more contemporary periods, options will change from year to year, but may include explorations of such pervasive constructs as the Founding of Empire (Kipling, Lessing), The American Dream (Capote, Fitzgerald, Highsmith) and The War on Terror (Buchan, Fleming, and Porter’s Empire State).
  • QXE-3107: EM Lit: Sex, Sects and Scandal (20) (Semester 1)
    Beginning with English constructions of nationhood in the 1590s, this module will examine the pressures that are placed upon Tudor notions of English identity by the ways in which early modern texts engage with Britishness. From here, the module will move to explore seventeenth century Anglophone literature in Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Authors to be studied might include Edmund Spenser, Thomas Nashe, Thomas Deloney, Thomas Heywood, William Shakespeare, Katherine Philips, Henry Vaughn, William Drummond and Roger Boyle.
  • QXE-3109: Victorian Networks (20) (Semester 1)
  • QXE-3110: Neo-Victorian Fiction (20) (Semester 2)
  • QXE-3112: Culture and the Body (20) (Semester 1)
  • Students may not take a dissertation in both English Literature and the other discipline of the Joint Honours programme. QXP Modules can only be taken if QXP Modules were taken in Years 1 and 2.

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  • WXM-3009: 20th Century Women Composers (10) (Semester 2)
    Musicology has in recent years been enriched by research that highlights the contribution made by women to Music & Music History.This module forms an introduction to some of the most important women musicians of the twentieth century, including: a. British: Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-83), Grace Williams (1906-77) and Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-94). b. Europe: Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944), Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), Nadia (1887-1979) and Lili Boulanger (1893-1918). c. American: Amy Beach (1867-1944), Marion Bauer (1882-1955), Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-53) and Louise Talma (1906-96). d. Established Contemporary Voices: Thea Musgrave (1928-), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), Kaija Saariaho (1952-) and Chen Yi (1953-).
  • WXM-3010: Zappa: the man and the music (10) (Semester 2)
    In this module, Frank Zappa’s music and life will be explored chronologically, starting from his beginnings as a young musician in Baltimore to his classical compositions towards the end of his life. The subject matter to be covered throughout the lectures and seminars will comprise: Zappa’s compositional styles and influences; his engagement in political issues (including censorship); humour and satire in his music; his classical works; his collaborations, and the legacy left by him.
  • WXM-3019: Opera: Moteverdi to Mozart (10) (Semester 2)
  • WXM-3020: 19th Century Symphony (10) (Semester 1)
  • WXM-3115: Minimalism (10) (Semester 2)
    This course will begin by looking at the use of the term Minimalism in art and music and trace its evolution in the early works of La Monte Young and Terry Riley. Discussion of Steve Reich's significant essay 'Music as Gradual Process', will be followed by the analysis of works by Reich, Glass, Adams and Torke, before looking at the contribution of European composers such as Pärt, Gorecki, Andriessen, Bryars, Skempton and Nyman.
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    WXC-3115: Minimaliaeth (10) (Semester 2)
    Bydd y cwrs hwn yn cychwyn gan edrych ar y defnydd o'r term Minimaliaeth mewn celfyddyd gain a cherddoriaeth, cyn olrhain esblygiad y term yng ngherddoriaeth La Monte Young a Terry Riley. Trafodir ysgrif arwyddocaol Steve Reich 'Cerddoriaeth fel Proses Raddol', cyn dadansoddi gweithiau Reich, Glass, Adams a Torke, ac yna edrych ar gyfraniad cyfansoddwyr Ewropeaidd megis Pärt, Gorecki, Andriessen, Bryars, Skempton a Nyman.
  • WXM-3153: From Dufay to Josquin (10) (Semester 1)
    Description: Numerous composers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had well-deserved reputations in their day as excellent singers or renowned choirmasters. Nevertheless it is Josquin de Prez (d. 1521) whose reputation towered over those of his contemporaries, and continues to do so today. This module considers the music of Josquin alongside that of his contemporaries, such as Antoine Brumel, Pierre de la Rue, Loyset Compère, Jacob Obrecht and Heinrich Isaac, and examines the nature of musical production and distribution during Josquin's lifetime. Method, number and frequency of classes: Normally one class of 1 hour and 15 minutes per week for nine weeks, plus up to two individual consultations by arrangement. Assessment: One essay submitted in week 12 (80%); one seminar presentation of 10 minutes' duration (20%). Learning Outcomes: On completion of the module, the student should have: 1. acquired a reasonably detailed knowledge of the main compositional genres of the period, and of selected works by Josquin and his contemporaries 2. developed an awareness of the historical and cultural contexts which gave rise to this music 3. gained an awareness of the problem of anonymous music and composer attribution during the period 4. developed an enhanced perspective of the portrayal of one of the first 'great composers'
  • WXM-3157: The Music of Stockhausen (10) (Semester 1)
    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.
  • WXM-3187: Music, Health and Wellbeing A (10) (Semester 2)
  • WXM-3189: Ligeti (10) (Semester 2)
    The Hungarian born György Ligeti established himself as one of the most distinguished composers from the second half of the twentieth century. This module will focus on a selection of his most well-known compositions (which features his orchestral Atmosphères and Melodien, his Violin Concerto, the opera Le Grand Macabre, the piano Études and selected chamber and vocal pieces), assessing his artistic contribution within the European cultural developments of the time while placing their significance within the composer’s creative and historical background. Close attention will be paid in identifying his distinctive style and composition techniques, and on how they shaped his independent and uncompromising creative output.
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    WXC-3189: Ligeti (Cymraeg) (10) (Semester 2)
    Sefydlodd y cyfansoddwr Hwngaraidd, György Ligeti, ei hun fel un o ffigyrau mwyaf blaenllaw ail hanner yr ugeinfed ganrif. Canolbwyntia’r modiwl hwn ar astudio detholiad o’i weithiau enwocaf (sy’n cynnwys y darnau cerddorfaol Atmosphères a Melodien, ei Gonsierto i’r Ffidil, yr opera Le Grand Macabre, yr Études i’r piano ac ambell i waith siambr a lleisiol arall), gan asesu ei gyfraniad artistig o fewn datblygiadau celfyddydol Ewropeaidd ei gyfnod. Gosodir eu harwyddocâd o fewn cefndir creadigol a hanesyddol y cyfansoddwr gan fanylu ar ei arddull unigryw a’i dechnegau cyfansoddi a’r modd y dylanwadodd y rhain ar ei allbwn annibynnol a digyfaddawd.
  • WXK-3191: Songwriting (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Students will be introduced to many basic and advanced aspects of composing in various song genres, with particular reference to the presentation of rhythmic counterpoint, harmonic vocabulary, melodic shaping, formal archetypes and lyrics in their songs. These will be illustrated with reference to a number of song styles, ranging from folk to jazz and rock genres. At the end of the module, the student will have created a small portfolio their own songs, and be able to present their work to a good standard either on audio CD or in written form. (For recordings this means that the sounds are distortion-free unless intentionally so, all elements are appropriately audible and relatively balanced in terms of level. Scores must be presented in an accepted form such as jazz lead-sheet, full score or popular piano-and-vocal sheet. They should follow the conventions of the particular style chosen and be clear, intelligible, and make sense for the harmonic language, time signature and instruments chosen.) Pre-requisites: Satisfactory completion of Year 1 Music (single or joint honours), or satisfactory completion of Year 1 English with Songwriting. It is assumed that students will be able to record or computer-notate their own songs to a good standard for this module; therefore it is recommended that they have completed a music technology module or equivalent. For recordings ‘good’ means that the sounds are distortion-free, all elements are appropriately audible and relatively balanced in terms of level. Scores must be presented in an accepted form such as jazz lead-sheet, full score or popular piano-and-vocal sheet, and preferably computer-notated. They should follow the conventions of the particular style chosen and be clear, intelligible, and make sense for the harmonic language, time signature and instruments chosen.
  • WXM-3207: Harmony & Counterpoint (Adv) (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This course looks at the music of the baroque and classical periods in some depth. The first semester is given over to a study of Baroque harmonic and contrapuntal practice, with particular emphasis on the trio sonata. During the second semester, string quartet writing will form the basis of a close investigation of Classical procedures. Specially written course-books provide the basis for instruction in both semesters.
  • WXM-3209: Brazilian Music and Culture (10) (Semester 1)
    The module will explore some important Brazilian musical genres and relate these to cultural and political developments in the country. The impact of Brazilian popular music outside Brazil will be discussed as well as the effect of foreign music on the country. The module will give students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with several musical styles and artists. Key ideas for the analysis of the issues covered will also be discussed.
  • WXK-3234: Composing for Film/Media (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The aim of the course is to equip students with the necessary technical and creative skills to prepare them for the world of music for film, television and the media – a field of composition that is full of challenges but very pleasurable. Instruction will be given on the use of specific software and hardware (such as Logic Pro and sibelius), as well as how to synchronise images with sound, the use of keyboards and software samples, and basic mixing techniques . Alongside this will be a series of lectures on topics relating to research, industry and criticism of musical styles and genres in the media. Examples from the work of some of the masters of the form will be analysed, such as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and Harry Gregson-Williams, to enable the student to gain an understanding of the medium. Detailed attention will be paid to business and legal implications. CO-REQUISITES: Ideally students will have experience of Orchestration (WXK2231 or WXC2232) and Composition (WXC2233 or WXK2233) or Acousmatic Composition (WXK2235), but this is not essential.
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    WXC-3234: Cyfansoddi - Ffilm/Cyfryngau (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Amcan y cwrs yw rhoi'r medrau technegol a chreadigol angenrheidiol i fyfyrwyr er mwyn eu paratoi ym myd cerddoriaeth ar gyfer cerddoriaeth i ffilm, teledu a'r cyfryngau - maes o gyfansoddi sy'n llawn her ond yn bleserus iawn. Rhoddir cyfarwyddiadau ar feddalwedd a chaledwedd benodol (megis Logic Pro a sibelius.), yn ogystal â sut i gydamseru delweddau â sain, defnydd allweddellau a pheiriannau samplo, a sut i gofnodi a chymysgu cerddoriaeth. Ar yr un pryd, cyflwynir darlithoedd ar bynciau sy'n ymwneud ag ymchwil, diwydiant a beirniadaeth ar arddulliau a genres cerddorol yn y cyfryngau. Dadansoddir enghreifftiau cerddorol o eiddo rhai o feistri'r ffurf, megis John Williams, Alexandre Desplat a Harry Gregson-Williams er mwyn i'r myfyrwyr gael dealltwriaeth o'r cyfrwng. Rhoddir sylw gweddol fanwl i'r goblygiadau ar fusnes a materion cyfreithiol. CYDOFYNION: Gorau oll os oes gan fyfyrwyr brofiad o Cerddorfaeth (WXK2231 neu WXC2232) a Chyfansoddi (WXC2233 new WXK2233) neu Gyfansoddi Acwsmatig (WXK2235), ond nid yr hynny'n orfodol.
  • WXP-3243: Advanced Ensemble Performance1 (10) (Semester 1)
    Students will be required to form small instrumental or vocal ensembles before the course commences. If students have a specific instrumental formation in mind that cannot be formed within the module, they may invite guest performers. Pianists will have the option to choose collaborative piano (accompanying) as their specialism within the module. Collective rehearsal sessions will be organised by the students with individual coaching provided by members of the School of Music staff. Ensembles are encouraged to explore the existing repertoire during weeks 1–3, and then in subsequent weeks to work on their performance of the work(s) selected by the group. Please note that students may follow a maximum of 20 credits in EnsemblePerformance across Levels 5 and 6.
  • WXP-3244: Advanced Ensemble Performance2 (10) (Semester 2)
    Students will be required to form small instrumental or vocal ensembles before the course commences. If students have a specific instrumental formation in mind that cannot be formed within the module, they may invite guest performers. Pianists will have the option to choose collaborative piano (accompanying) as their specialism within the module. Collective rehearsal sessions will be organised by the students with individual coaching provided by members of the School of Music staff. Ensembles are encouraged to explore the existing repertoire during weeks 1–3, and then in subsequent weeks to work on their performance of the work(s) selected by the group. Please note that students may follow a maximum of 20 credits in EnsemblePerformance across Levels 5 and 6.
  • WXP-3249: Conducting (10) (Semester 2)
    This module will equip students with the essential skills for conducting and rehearsing, and related musical and organisational skills. Work will be mostly practical and will include study of gesture, beating time, the detailed preparation of a score, rehearsal technique, and psychological skills required by a conductor.
  • WXP-3253: Fusion Ensemble 1 (10) (Semester 1)
  • WXP-3254: Fusion Ensemble 2 (10) (Semester 2)
  • WXM-3268: Studio Techniques (10) (Semester 1)
    To introduce students to digital sound recording and editing techniques. The various equipment found in a recording studio will be introduced and explained, and practical skills in its uses will be developed.
  • WXM-3270: Music Teaching in Context (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • WXM-3302: Fugue (10) (Semester 2)
    Fugue, in one form or another, has been a prominent aspect of Western art music since the late Middle Ages. It can perhaps best be described as a contrapuntal compositional procedure, in two or more voices, in which a short theme (the subject) is introduced in imitation (based on tonal principles); this subject then recurs throughout the rest of the composition. Fugues typically have three sections, using terminology shared with sonata-form: exposition, development, recapitulation. Fugue is not a fixed form, however: it is best understood as a compositional procedure. By the end of the 17th century, fugue was widely regarded as the fullest expression of imitative polyphony. The fugues of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) represent the apex of the style, particularly his Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue). The status of the fugue waned in the late 18th century, though we still find it cultivated in the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. This module will examine theories about fugue and its characteristics; the primary musical focus will be on the fugal style of JS Bach. Students will learn how to analyse and assess fugal compositions, and learn how to compose a fugal exposition.