CHAMBER MUSIC SINCE 1700
2015/2016, Semester 1
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 3
This repertory-driven module looks at the rise and development of chamber music as a distinct entity between 1700 and the present day. It investigates how the definition of chamber music has evolved and looks at the increasing variety of chamber ensembles in music ranging from Bach to Christopher Ades. Students will be expected to prepare a performance of a selected work and research and discuss its origins and influences.
At the end of this module students will have;
Developed a deeper understanding of the totality of chamber music since 1700
Developed a broad-ranging knowledge of repertoire for a wide variety of chamber ensembles
Understood the historical and social context of music they play as part of an ensemble.
A weekly one hour lecture (involving extensive listening to live and recorded performances) complemented by a tutorial session which will involve some practical (performance) work.
Students who are part of a chamber ensemble are encouraged to select a work from their own repertory for the final assessment on this module. Other students will be expected to form suitable ensembles (not necessarily with other students or those takiing part in this module) in order to prepare the final assessment work. Any students unable to participate in the practical element may offer a commentary on a video performance by an external ensemble.
Performance is at the heart of this module, but the assessment is based on the discussion/commentary surrounding the performance and not on the performance itself.
Attendance and involvement (including active participation in in-class performances) 20%
3 Listening tasks 5% each
Mid-Semester online Test 25%
A practical discussion/commentary on a work to be performed by an ensemble involving the student. Spoken/written observations on historical and contextural detail should be highlighted in the performance of the chosen chamber work - 40%
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week