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MU1005   Reading Opera: Texts, Libretti and Music

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am - Lectures Mon and Thu, Viewing Sessions Tue and Wed

This module examines operas based on literary works from a variety of different nations (France, England, Russia, Germany, USA, Ancient Rome) that are significant in their own right. Our work will focus on the transformations of meaning and structure that take place as text is turned into libretto, and as libretto is set to music. The module will shed light on the relationship between music and text, and on the function that music plays in drama. Composers to be examined may include some or all of the following: Purcell, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Berg and Stravinsky. No prior knowledge of musical notation is necessary to take this module. It is intended to be of particular interest to students of English literature and European modern languages, but is open to all with an interest in the link between music and drama.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 lectures, 2 screenings and (weeks 2 - 11) 1 tutorial.

Scheduled learning hours: 54

Guided independent study hours: 146

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr J K Pettegree
Module teaching staff: Team taught