MUSV3102 - Kurt Weill: From Berlin to Broadway


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

In this course, the composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) will be studied through different music-historical perspectives, and through music analyses and art- and cultural-historical contextualizations. The main focus will be on Weill’s output within music theatre and his thoughts on the musical possibilities and limitations pertaining to theatre as an artistic medium. In this context, issues of social conditions and politics will also play an important role. Kurt Weill was Jewish by birth. The notion "from Berlin to Broadway" refers to Weill's career on two different continents, in Berlin during the roaring 1920s and on Broadway in New York in the 1930s and 1940s. Like for so many others, Weill's escape from Nazism in Europe had both cultural and stylistic implications. This double cultural perspective contributes to the course contents as a whole.

Learning outcome

An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3102
- has in-depth knowledge of the composer Kurt Weill, his music, his ideas about music and theatre, and of his time;
- has general knowledge of the 20th century's music and cultural history, and of issues pertaining to musical style and the relationship between politics and music;
- has knowledge of theoretical approaches, research methods and analytical approaches relevant to the study of Kurt Weill and other composers in his time; and
- has knowledge about the music of the interwar period, musical theatre, cultural interactions, and transformations of musical genres.

An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3102
- can convincingly express his/her deepened knowledge in both writing and speech;
- is able to make his/her own reflections based on, and in the extension of, the acquired knowledge; and
- is able to apply his/her acquired knowledge about analytical tools and research methods to new and unknown material.

Learning methods and activities

This course consists of lectures and seminars where the students will take an active part. The curriculum covers both readings and written music. Students are expected to study readings, music, and possible extra assignments thoroughly before each lecture/seminar.

Compulsory activities
After each lecture/seminar, the students will post on Blackboard an open-diary entry based on an assigned set of questions.

Students are required to submit one essay about half way through the semester. The essay should consist of 8-10 A4 pages, font size 12, line spacing 1.5, front page and bibliography/source list not included. Students will receive individual comments on their work.

The essay needs to be approved before the student is admitted to the final exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Weekly diary notes
  • Midterm essay

Further on evaluation

3 days home exam, ca. 10 A4 pages long, font size 12, spacing 1,5, front page and bibliography/source list not included.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Performance (MMUSP)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Musicology (BMUSV)
Musicology (MMUSV)

Required previous knowledge

MUSV1011 and MUSV1012, MUSP4113, or the equivalent knowledge.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music History
  • Musicology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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