Paris! Berlioz to the Ballets Russes

Subject MUSI20120 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: For breadth students: permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


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Subject Overview:

Walter Benjamin called Paris the capital of the 19th century. This subject examines some of the ways in which Paris was a centre for musical activity in the 19th century. It looks at the importance of music criticism, music societies, theatres/companies and exhibitions. Repertoire is examined from within social and cultural contexts.

Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should:
  • be aware of the significance and importance of Paris as a centre of musical activity during the 19th century.

Journal entries (30%); essay 2500-3000 words (50%); listening test of one hour (20%).

Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Bookroom before the start of semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • a capacity for independent critical thought

  • high-level cognitive skills

  • an openness to new ideas

  • knowledge, skills and practices which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Music (Practical)

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