What is the course about?
The one session course aims to provide students with an introduction and appreciation of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'un artiste ... en cinq parties – in terms of both its function and its musical content. We hope to inspire you to enjoy further reading and listening.
What will we cover?
The course will focus on Symphonie Fantastique (op 14), placing the work in context, historically and musically, and analysing it formally and stylistically.
- What is programme music
- How do biographical details of the composer's life help us understand this work
- Influences on Berlioz
- Use of the orchestral timbres to help depict scenes and moods in this work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- a greater understanding of the context for the Symphony Fantastique
- an understanding of 'orchestration' in this work
- an understanding of the key 'Romantic' features of this work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of music is required but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions and engage in class discussions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
- Guided listening and watching of audio and audio-visual examples
- Class discussion and debate
- Listening and reading outside class is encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen.
You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme 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.