19th Century Music and Ideas

Subject MUSI10208 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Musical literacy, to a standard equivalent to AMEB grade 4 or higher.

Non Allowed Subjects:
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.


Prof Kerry Murphy


Coordinator: kerryrm@unimelb.edu.au

Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)
E: 13melb@unimelb.edu.au

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre
E: mcm-ugrad@unimelb.edu.au
W: www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

An overview of musical works and ideas from the 19th century. Representative works of the period are introduced in their social and cultural contexts. The subject looks also at music and its audiences, and the role of music institutions in shaping music history. The focus will mainly be Western Europe with a segment on music in Australia.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • An ability to understand and contextualize music from the 19th Century
  • An ability to undertake basic scholarly work using the bibliographic tools of music to discuss maturely the music of the period covered
  • A range of approaches to understanding music history
  • Research methods basic to the scholarly study of music of this period and an awareness of the latest research in the area.

Three tutorial assignments of 400 words each, due in week 4, 6 and 8, respectively (30% - 10% for each assignment); essay of 2000 words, due in week 10 (50%); one-hour listening-based examination, held during the examination period (20%).

Prescribed Texts:

The Norton Anthology of Western Music, 6th ed., ed. J. Peter Burkholder, Claude V. Palisca (New York: Palisca (New York: Norton, 2009).

A reader will be available to purchase from the University Bookshop

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 will have developed:

  • a capacity for independent critical thought
  • 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
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Academic Electives
Composition Major
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Musicology/Ethnomusicology Major
Performance Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Studies in western music

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