Great musical eras: Paris in the 1920s

Course Dates: 12/12/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Come and discover the music of an explosive period of artistic expression which followed the horrors of the First World War.
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Great musical eras: Paris in the 1920s
  • Course Code: MD703A
  • Dates: 12/12/24 - 12/12/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:00
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Karen Betley, Pauline Greene

Course Code: MD703A

Thu, day, 12 Dec - 12 Dec '24

Duration: 1 session

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0412

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What is the course about?

This course is designed as an introduction to a decade of staggeringly original music that encompasses a huge range of compositions from Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, and Igor Stravinsky. It also considers influences from the new sound of Jazz which was blended with neo-classicism to produce a potent mix of ‘classical’, popular and cabaret styles in a remarkable creative hot-spot.

We will also discuss foreign composers, including Aaron Copland and George Gershwin who spent time in Paris between the wars revelling in the atmosphere of not just new music, but innovative painting, writing, ballet, and nightclub acts, all entwined in a vibrant and welcoming city.

What will we cover?

- Biographical information of key composers: Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, and Igor Stravinsky
- New musical movements which flourished in Paris.
- Les Six, a group of young French composers; brought together by Jean Cocteau and Eric Satie.
- Nadia Boulanger and her pupils.

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

- Summarise the biographies of key composers
- Recognise some of the stylistic markers of their compositions
- List some of the most significant works of this period
- Sketch a roadmap of future works you may like to explore from this era.

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

This course is suitable for all levels. We may look at a music scores and identify key features of music notation (how many violins are playing, 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 be held in person and 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?

All classes, learning materials and online resources are included in the price. Those who wish to continue their learning outside the classes will be offered suggestions for further reading and listening, but this is not compulsory in order to complete the course. You will need to bring paper and writing implements to take notes and participate fully in group activities. All presentation material and class handouts will also be made accessible in digital format.

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.

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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.