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A history of jazz piano: a taster course

From New Orleans paddle steamers to boogie woogie, to Harlem stride, to bebop, to abstraction and beyond, look at how jazz piano has evolved over the last century and some of the key influential musicians.

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Date: 28 Jul 14 - 4 Aug 14
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A history of jazz piano: from blues, to bebop and beyond

Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles including boogie woogie, stride, bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.
This course is being taught by Sara Dhillon.

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Date: 17 Apr 15 - 22 May 15
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A history of jazz vocalists through the 20th century

Take a whistle-stop tour of the history of jazz singing from the beginning of the 20th century through to the present day looking at some of the key influential vocalists of the last 100 years.

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Date: 3 Dec 14 - 17 Dec 14
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A history of The Beatles through their music

The Beatles are the most culturally significant and popular pop band in history. Through analysis of their music and a history of the 1960s we will see how four lads from Liverpool came to define the sound of a decade.

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Date: 17 Nov 14 - 15 Dec 14
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Abba: thank you for the music

Chart the history of phenomenon that is ABBA and assesses the impact they had not only on the music scene but also on popular culture and on the image of Sweden itself. .
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You might also be interested in course MD908, Eurovision: gender, culture and change, which is also being taught by Paul Jordan (Dr Eurovision) the day after this course on Sunday 10th August.

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Date: 9 Aug 14 - 9 Aug 14
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An English enigma - the music of Elgar

Elgar’s music has always provoked mixed reactions - to some it represented the conservative tradition, to others it was progressive. Explore the ‘Elgar enigma’ and uncover the real composer - whose music beautifully represents the pre-WWI mood. This course is taught by Karen Betley.

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Date: 25 Sep 14 - 11 Dec 14
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Beethoven and the piano sonata

Delve into the world of Beethoven’s piano sonatas - works which span his entire career, and which therefore reveal Beethoven’s changing views on the instrument, the world around him and on music itself.
This course is being taught by Karen Betley.

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Date: 14 Apr 15 - 30 Jun 15
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Beethoven's experimental period, 1814-1816

Beethoven’s style shifted radically from the ‘heroic’ to a more intimate, Romantic style. We shall consider the context of this, comparing the political works of 1814 to the new works which show a more experimental approach.

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Date: 30 Sep 14 - 2 Dec 14
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Brecht/Weill, Gilbert & Sullivan and Szymanowski

The two top opera/music theatre/operetta partnerships give us a scabrous satire on capitalism in Brecht/Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (IF) followed by brilliant spoofing of the Italian operatic tradition in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance (IF). There will be a single class on Szymanowski’s King Roger (IF).

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Date: 12 Jan 15 - 23 Mar 15
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Eastern spirituality: John Tavener and Jonathan Harvey

The musical world was profoundly enriched with the music of two outstanding British composers. Trace their careers and compare styles, highlighting the ways they responded to European and Eastern influences.

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Date: 3 Mar 15 - 31 Mar 15
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