Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Music and Literature 1348/3029/2324/1/96
Study guide

Music and Literature 1

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, programme stage 3
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Voice within Instrumental / Vocal Studies
  • Bridging Programme Vocal
In other study programme:
  • Aanvullende opleiding Koninklijk Conservatorium as Music and Literature 1
  • Master of Arts in Music as Music and Literature 1
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Anthonis Luc
Other teaching staff: Bollen Koen
Teaching staff are not (all) known yet.
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Educational organisation (text)

Activating lecture with preparatory assignments
discussion of audio and video fragments

Prerequisite competencies (text)

The student should have a general understanding of the relationship between text and music and a general prior knowledge of literature and music history.

Learning outcomes (text)

The objective is to familiarize the student with the analysis of texts used in musical compositions so that he/she can independently and in a well-founded manner analyse a song or opera text, interpret it and relate it to the music with a focus on the performance.

Learning outcomes (list)

1.4 The student is musically creative.
The student can link Lieder and opera texts to the music, keeping in mind the performance of the productions during the academic year.
2.1 The student masters the musical parameters and structures.
The student has knowledge of the theoretical background of opera and Lieder which are studied during the academic year.
2.3 The student reads, analyses, writes and interprets music.
The student can independently analyse Lieder and opera texts (which are studied during the academic year), and can interpret and express them to a group.
4.1 The student has knowledge of the broader cultural and (musical) historical context.
The student has knowledge of the historical background to the opera and Lieder (which are dealt with this academic year).
The student can situate the texts from Lieder and operatic repertoire (which are studied during the year) within an historical-cultural context.
The student can compare the texts from the musical repertoire with the literary source.

Course content

Read the vademecum.
On the basis of one or more specific cases, song texts or an opera performance are analysed and related to the music.

Using concrete examples of cross-pollinations between music and literature, students are further initiated into the interpretation and interpretation of literary texts that form the basis for a composition.

An attempt is made to examine the way in which music and literature correlate. Special attention is paid to song and opera. Texts are placed in a general cultural-historical framework and analysed together. In the case of poetic texts, keys are provided for translation, analysis and interpretation. In the case of opera libretti, the shifts are checked against the literary source; the text is dramaturgically analysed; interpreted with a view to staging.

Study material (text): Mandatory

The compulsory literature will be communicated during the first lesson.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours60,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeProject assignment50,00
Eerste examenperiodeSkills assessment permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)50,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodProject assignment100,00

Evaluation (text)

The student should be able to independently analyse a song or opera text/performance and relate it to the music.

Forms of evaluation:
The evaluation consists of a personal, detailed analysis of a given theme.
An outline is provided for the analysis.

Evaluation standards:
The student is successful if he/she demonstrates a personal interpretation of the music and the text in his/her paper and defence. The analysis must focus on the practice of recitation and acting.