Exploring classical music: module 4

Course Dates: 17/01/23 - 28/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course offers a (very) brief history of Western art music during the 20th century. Suitable for classical music enthusiasts as well as near beginners. Each week we will look at a key work of classical music from the twentieth century and use it as a jumping off point to discuss the important historical and aesthetic developments that effected composition in the modern era. Break week: 21 Feb 2023.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00

Course Code: MD612A

Tue, day, 17 Jan - 28 Mar '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course explores key ideas in art music during the twentieth century. Each week’s topic is introduced through study of a seminal musical work.

What will we cover?

- Mahler - 5th symphony
- Strauss - Salome
- Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
- Copland – Appalachian Spring
- Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time
- George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
- John Cage – Water Walk
- Eliane Radigue – Trilogie de la Mort
- John Oswald – Plunderphonics
- Thomas Ades - Asyla
and more! Including:
- Modernism, Expressionism, Neoclassicism, Experimentalism in music
- Postmodernism, Collage, Sampling in music.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- demonstrate an awareness of key works from the c20th in a range of styles.
- understand the significance of the works in relation to the history of c20th classical music
- Understand key concepts relating to c20th Western art and music and their historical context.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed as an overview for those with a just a little experience of listening to classical music. However, we may look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of modern music notation (how many voices are singing, which graphic symbols are used etc…) so this course will be most suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Sessions will comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

Edward Henderson

Edward Henderson is a composer and performer from South London. He studied at Cambridge and Trinity Laban, where he won the Director's Prize for Composition. He co-directs composers’ collective Bastard Assignments, which presents shows in London and across Europe. His theatre pieces "Manspangled" and "Hum" have been performed at Second Movement's Rough for Opera night and the Tête à Tête opera festival, and his piano piece "Milk 2" has been performed in Europe and in Sydney. His "Tape Piece" opened the 2015 London Contemporary Music Festival, and his performance piece "Totally" featured at the 2016 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. Edward teaches at City Lit, Morley College and Trinity Laban, and runs inclusive community choirs for Certitude.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.