Great works: Brahms's Clarinet Quintet

Course Dates: 04/04/23
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
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Explore this much-loved work by Brahms and learn about the performer and the instrument it was originally written for.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00

Course Code: MD039B

Tue, day, 04 Apr - 04 Apr '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Written in 1891 for the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld this work is an important contribution to a genre that stems back to Mozart’s own clarinet quintet.

What will we cover?

- The history of this work and the first performer
- The structure of this clarinet quintet
- The structure and key features of the composition.

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

- Understand the key structural features of this work
- Recognize the idiomatic writing for the clarinet
- Feel confident to summarize this history of this work and Brahms’s inspiration for composing it.

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

The course is suitable for students at all levels, and no special skills are needed. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, 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?

Please have a notebook and pen handy for note-taking.
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 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.

Karen Betley

Karen Betley is a clarinettist and music historian, she studied at Goldsmiths university and has taught wind instruments and music history at both Morley College and City Lit whilst performing with her own chamber music ensemble. At City Lit she teaches the ever-popular Exploring Classical Music class and also the Wind ensemble. In 2017 Karen was awarded the Teacher of the Year prize by Lulu on behalf of City Lit.

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.