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Romantic Song MUSIC2014

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

A course designed to introduce students to the genre of Romantic and post-Romantic 'art song' through close literary and musical analysis of representative case studies from the early 19th to the early 20th century.


20 x 1 hr lectures, 10 x 1hr seminars, over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

A Grade of D3 or above in 40 credits of Level 1 Music Courses or be enrolled in the first year of a BMus.

Excluded Courses



Two x 2,000 word Essays - 50% each

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ introduce the complex interplay of literary and musical concerns that informs the nineteenth- and twentieth-century 'art song' genre.

■ foster the necessary skills to read and analyze Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, taking account of the problems of translation and the many aspects of poetic craft.

■  develop a sense of the compositional questions raised by musical 'text-setting', with a view to critical considerations of the hybrid nature of 'song' as a genre

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

■ Write a well-structured analytical essay about a given poem and its musical setting, giving thought both to the seemingly straightforward interactions and to the points of possible tension between words and music.

■ Identify a range of meanings encapsulated in any given poem and its song setting, along with an attunement to the challenge of articulating a coherent critical 'reading'.

■ Engage in written discussion of art song as a generic tradition mediated not only by the composer's musical 'appropriation' of the poem, but also by various performance traditions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.