MUSV3112 - Impressionism - Music and Aesthetics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course takes a selection of works by Debussy and Ravel as its point of departure. These works are being analysed from a purely musical analytical perspective, as well as from an aesthetical perspective. The aesthetical perspectives are to a large extent based upon thoughts on creativity and the arts, from Debussy and Ravel’s own time.

Learning outcome

An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3100
- has in-depth knowledge of the music of Debussy and Ravel.
- has in-depth knowledge of style and structural traits in impressionistic music.
- has in-depth knowledge of the concepts of impressionism and symbolism in general.
- has in-depth insight in the concepts of impressionism and symbolism as applied to music in particular.
- has in-depth insight in the poetics of Stephane Mallarmé.
- has general knowledge of the philosophy of Henri Bergson.

An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3100
- can express his/her deepened knowledge in a convincing way, both in writing and speech.
- can individually find and musically analyze the style and structural characteristics of impressionistic music, and give an aesthetical interpretation of the same characteristics.
- can individually find and assess relevant research based knowledge to illuminate a problem within the subject.
- can, based on his/her deepened knowledge, discuss academic texts in a diversified way, enter a dialogue with the texts of others and carry out his/her own reasoning, both in writing and speech.

Learning methods and activities

A syllabus of verbal texts and a syllabus of musical texts are being dealt with in lectures and seminars and studied individually.

The text for the home examination should have a length of about 10 pages.

Students at the bachelor's programme in Musicology must choose "bachelor's thesis" as the form of assessment in one MUSV31**-course in the third or fourth semester. The bachelor's thesis will be thematically based on the in-depth course, and is supervised individually in the amount of 5 hours. The scope of the bachelor's thesis is 15–20 pages.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to one of the Bachelor's programmes or Master's programmes in Musicology, Music Technology or Music Performance Studies.

More on the course



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



Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Aesthetic Studies
  • Musicology
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music



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