Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Nineteenth-Century Maltese Music

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit explores the artistic and social contexts for Maltese sacred and secular music during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It examines the main composers and the changing concepts of style, form and performance practice.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to introduce student to nineteenth-century Maltese sacred and secular music by analysing the principal composers and key moments within cultural, historical and geographical contexts.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) broadly contextualise the emergence and development of sacred and secular music in Malta during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries;
b) relate key dates and events to the development of Maltese music history by discussing key concepts regarding the intellectual and artistic culture of the period;
c) become familiar with the principal musical works of Maltese composers of the period;
d) demonstrate a critical understanding of the stylistic development of Maltese music during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) evaluate the main concepts and styles of Maltese sacred and secular music of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries;
b) identify and classify the principal Maltese composers of the period according to his/her musical style;
c) evaluate the main compositional concepts and processes of his/her works by analysing the form and style informing his/her music.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Aquilina, Frederick. 2016. Benigno Zerafa (1726-1804) and the Neapolitan Galant Style (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press).
- Bruni, F. 1993. Musica sacra a Malta: Le cappelle della cattedrale di S. Paolo e della concattedrale di S. Giovanni Battista nel XIX secolo (Marsa: P.E.G.)

Supplementary Readings

- Azzopardi J, Bruni, F, and Vella Bondin, J. 2007. The Nani Composers (XVIII-XX Cent.) – A Historical Assessment and a Catalogue of their Works (San Gwann: P.E.G.)
- Bruni, F. 1997. The Vella Composers (San Gwann: P.E.G.)

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: MSP2178


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Mariella Cassar

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