What is the course about?
This short course looks at the famous ‘Tallis Fantasia’ in depth and discusses the source material, the circumstances of its commission and composition and some of the relevant biographical aspects of the composer’s life.
The course aims to provide students with a greater understanding and appreciation of Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis – in terms of both its function and its musical content.
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?
- aspects of Vaughan Williams’ biography
- discussion of The Three Choirs Festival
- the orchestration of the work
- details about first performances
- an exploration of the original tune by renaissance composer Thomas Tallis.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- enjoy a greater understanding of the context for Tallis Fantasia
- demonstrate an understanding of the musical styles used within the work
- discuss more confidently Vaughan Williams’ aims in composing the work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners. However, we will look at some music scores (both handwritten and printed) and learn to identify key features of music notation (e.g. how many orchestral parts), so this will be suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) 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?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
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.