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Music history: your guide to our programme

9 April 2021
Posted in: Courses

Music history: at City Lit

What is a music history course?

Music history courses are designed to help you explore new music and/or to find out more about the music you already enjoy.  Please read Karen Betley's blog post Music History: an introduction to find out more.

I am a complete beginner in classical music, what do you recommend?

We have courses specially designed to introduce you to classical music and to help you get a clear overview of the topic. The emphasis here is on understanding the timeline of key works, and helping you find ones you enjoy.

  • Exploring classical music is a music appreciation course in three terms (modules) and is a great way to start exploring
  • Great works courses are short courses (usually just one or two sessions) dedicated to a famous composer, performer or piece of music

*all courses with an asterisk in the list below are online courses

**if any of the links in this blog post say ‘page not found’ it means there is no instance of this course programmed into the website for the near future. Just contact the music office and we’ll let you know when the next course is expected to take place.


Autumn term 2021

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Winter/Spring term 2022

courses will be hyperlinked when they are available for booking

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Spring/Summer term 2022

courses will be hyperlinked when they are available for booking

Monday

  • MD621 Introduction to ballet music, 25/04/2022, 5sessions, 10:30, Pauline Greene
  • MD999 Opera studies 3: operas in production, 25/04/2022, 10sessions, 13:20, Pauline Greene
  • MD624 Introduction to chamber music, 13/06/2022, 5sessions, 10:30, Pauline Greene
  • MD615C Music history book club, 18/07/2022, 1session 11:00, Edward Breen

Tuesday

  • *MD036C The long 19th century III: national pride and new directions, 26/04/2022 10sessions, 10:50, Katy Hamilton
  • MD021C Exploring classical music: module 3, 26/04/2022, 10sessions, 13:30, Karen Betley
  • MD024 Sibelius: from Nationalist to Modernist, 26/04/2022, 10sessions, 15:20, Karen Betley
  • MD030C Exploring classical music: module 3, 26/04/2022, 10sessions, 18:00, Karl Lutchmayer
  • MD662 Pop music: a brief history, 26/04/2022, 10sessions, 18:50, Toby Manning

Wednesday

  • MD612B Listening to the 20th century: module 2, 27/04/2022, 10sessions, 10:30, Edward Henderson
  • MD504 Music and the Grand Tour, 27/04/2022, 10sessions, 14:00, Patrick Allies

Thursday

  • MD1002 Medieval music: a vessel for chivalry and prayer, 28/04/2022, 10sessions, 10:30, Karen Betley
  • MD703D Ethel Smyth: An introduction, 28/04/2022, 5sessions, 14:00, Katy Hamilton
  • MD020B Exploring classical music: module 2, 28/04/2022, 10sessions, 16:00, Neil Luck
  • MD025C Exploring classical music: module 3, 28/04/2022, 10sessions, 18:00, Neil Luck
  • MD039C Great works: Bach's Goldberg Variations, 14/07/2022, 1session, 10:30, Karen Betley

 Friday

  • *MD654A Exploring classical music: module 1, 29/04/2022, 10sessions, 10:30, Edward Breen
  • *MD622A The Beatles: a history through their music, 29/04/2022, 5sessions, 15:45, David Harrison
  • *MD665B, Birds in opera and ballet, 10/06/2022, 5sessions, 10:30, Pauline Greene
  • *MD622B Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music, 10/06/2022, 5sessions, 15:45, David Harrison