Great works: Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the animals
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD701A
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Camill Saint-Saëns's, we will explore his delightful Carnival of the animals, from the regal lion to the graceful swan, via donkeys, kangaroos, and the most exotic creatures of all, pianists.
Carnival was composed in 1886 as an amuse-bouche for private performance and not published until after Saint-Saëns's death. However, from its first public performance it became and remains one of the composer's most popular works.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- how Saint-Saëns came to write Carnival of the animals
- how the animals and their characters are depicted in music
- context: programmatic music, the exotic, and musical humour in the Romantic era
- performance history: versions, most popular movements, with narration
- the work's use in ballet, films etc.
- the work's long-term influence and reception.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand Carnival of the animals in its historical context
- appreciate more of the musical jokes and references in Carnival
- know more about the history and influence of the work.
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 examlpes from the work and other related music.
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?
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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.