Great composers: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: MD701A
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The musical language and style of one of England's most important composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958). Learn about Vaughan Williams's musical influences, sources of his musical language and style, links with his contemporaries, and his influence on English music throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. We will focus on orchestral works, and on vocal and choral music.
What will we cover?
- the influence of British folk music and of English music of the Tudor period
- links with contemporaries such as Ravel and Holst
- orchestral works including symphonies from the London to Antartica, The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
- vocal and choral works including settings of poets from Chaucer to Whitman, and sacred works such as the Mass in G minor
- the composer's place in English music in his own lifetime and since.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- recognise essential characteristics of Vaughan Williams's musical language and style
- familiarity with the composer's principal representative orchestral, vocal and choral works
- understand the composer's place in English music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course in intended to be accessible for anyone with an interest in Western classical music. We may look at short notated examples but you do not need to read music notation to understand the patterns in the music. All texts will be in English or accompanied by an English translation. We will listen to examples from representative works.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation and explanation, musical examples (notated and audio-visual), class discussion and Q&A.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All resources will be provided online, and available via Google Classroom for you explore further after the session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Read our blog to find out more about City Lit's Music history courses in London and online. This lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week, and searchable by tutor name and keywords. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
Trish trained as a violinist, singer and historical musicologist, with a specialism in music since 1900. She has worked variously as a university and college lecturer, choral conductor and arranger, and orchestral violinist, and has taught a wide range of subjects including choral singing and conducting, composition techniques, music theory, analysis and musicianship, music history, violin and chamber music. She has published and presented at conferences on French music (especially Ravel), and Australian music and cultural history. At City Lit, Trish currently teaches Choir at Lunchtime and Composition techniques, and supports Orchestra workshop. Her interests in the arts also include contemporary theatre, dance and visual arts.
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.