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MUSC8100 - Choral Music-History & Context

Title:Choral Music-History & Context
Long Title:Choral Music - History and Con
Module Code:MUSC8100
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: SUSAN O REGAN
Module Description: This module explores the diversity of choral music traditions, ranging from the earliest documented traditions of folk polyphony to contemporary settings. It will examine social and philosophical contexts, performance conventions and style.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the significance of choral singing in community, dramatic, ritual, recreational and educational settings
LO2 Contextualise choral traditions in terms of social, cultural and political conditions and prevailing philosophical outlooks
LO3 Critically discuss stylistic, timbral, textural and structural features of a wide range of choral repertoire
LO4 Evaluate and utilize a range of high-quality sources for research in choral music
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Singing in human society
A sociological overview of ensemble singing
'A cappella' tradition
Music in Christian worship from the 14th to the 16th centuries. Choral music in non-Christian traditions
Opera Chorus
Athenian chorus; The chorus in dramatic music of the 17th to the 19th centuries: opera, oratorio, canatata
Madrigal, catch and glee
Madrigal and related traditions; Part-singing in glee clubs, madrigal societies in the 18th and 19th centuries
Indigenous and un-notated choral traditions
Improvisatory practices in ecclesiastical settings. Folk polyphony.
19th century choirs and choral societies
19th century oratorios, and choruses in large-scale orchestral works
Choral music in education
Schola cantorum tradition; Solfa; European pedagogues: Wilhem, Mainzer, Kodaly; American singing schools, Lowell Mason
Choral music in Irish churches
Catholic and Anglican traditions; the Cecilian movement; new developments in the 20th century
Choral music in Ireland - 20th century
New developments in 20th century: Irish language, religion, education, community as focal points for the development of choral music. The development of local musical infrastructures; Industrial and community choirs; Choral festivals
Choral music in the 20th and 21st centuries
Modernism, post-modernism, 'holy minimalism', influence of Eastern orthodox traditions
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions A listening test based on a range of choral excerpts 3 30.0 Week 10
Presentation Short seminar presentations on topics related to lecture content. 1,2,3,4 30.0 Every Second Week
Essay A detailed investigation of a specific choral tradition, including its social, stylistic and technical aspects. c.3,000 words. 1,2,3,4 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture History, score analysis, aural analysis 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Research techniques, project development 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Burkholder, Grout and Palisca 2010, A History of Western Music, 8th ed. Ed., Norton
  • Homer Ulrich 1973, A Survey of Choral Music, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich New York
  • Nick Strimple 2002, Choral music in the twentieth century, Amadeus Press Portland, Or. [ISBN: 1-57467-074-3]
  • Istvan Anhalt 1984, Alternative Voices: Essays on Contemporary Vocal and Choral Composition, University of Toronto Press Toronto
  • J.Samson 2001, The Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Music, 8 Choral Music
  • Krisztina Lajosi, Andrea Stynen 2015, Choral Societies and Nationalism in Europe, Brill Leiden [ISBN: 9789004300842]
  • AndrĂ© de Quadros 2012, The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music, Chapters 2,3,4,5, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521111737]
  • Richard Taruskin 2009, Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century, Oxford University Press
  • Ursula Geisler, Karin Johansen 2014, Choral Singing: Histories and Practices, Cambridge Scholars Publishing [ISBN: 9781443863315]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Di Grazia 2013, Nineteenth-Century Choral Music, Routledge
  • Arthur Jacobs, ed. 1963, Choral Music: a Symposium, Penguin
  • Drummond, Pippa 2011, The Provincial Music Festival in England, 1784-1914, Ashgate Farnham
  • Gerald Barry ed. 2012, Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music, Contemporary Music Centre Dublin
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Peter Philips 1978, Performance practice in 16th century English choral music, Early Music, 6.2., 195-199
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 6 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective

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