Course - The Organ as a Time Frame and Mirror of Society - MUSV3135
MUSV3135 - The Organ as a Time Frame and Mirror of Society
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024
The organ is one of the oldest known instruments. The history of the organ is the tale of a musical instrument that has been both static and constantly changing. From Antiquity to our own time, it has consisted of the same main components and principles for creating tone and timbre. But simultaneously, during its more than 2,200 year history, the organ has regularly evolved in alignment with different aesthetic, religious, political and social changes in society. Moreover, a special characteristic of the organs uniqueness is the instruments interaction with technological advances.This course explores how the organs technical and timbral distinctiveness can be viewed and understood from various contextual perspectives. Attention is mainly directed to the instruments multidisciplinary nature, where craftsmanship, art and science have melded together to form a creative synthesis. Themes explored include the relationship between art and theology, and the organs role in both sacred and secular contexts. Through the close study of specific instruments, the course will consider the organ as both a musical window onto understandings of both historical eras and society.
Knowledge: A candidate who successfully completes MUSV3135 - will have increased knowledge of the organs role in both sacred and secular contexts. - will have increased knowledge of the multidisciplinary nature of the organ. - will have increased knowledge of the organs interactions with aesthetic, religious, political and social relations in society. Skills: A candidate who successfully completes MUSV3135 - can formulate his/her knowledge in a compelling manner in both written and spoken forms - can independently identify, assess, and develop understandings based on his/her acquired knowledge - is able to apply his/her acquired knowledge to new and unknown material - is able to further develop his/her own professional activities within the course's particular field
Learning methods and activities
Lectures and seminars.
Further on evaluation
3-days home exam, consisting of ca. 15 pages (ca. 6 000 words).If the course is not passed, the student must retake the whole assessment.
Required previous knowledge
Requires admission to one of the Bachelor's or Master's programmes in Musicology, Music Technology or Music Performance Studies.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: Norwegian
- Music History
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"