What is the course about?
The course will provide students with a greater understanding of the impact that the London musical scene – with it’s large orchestras, exacting audiences and love of Handel – had on Haydn’s late musical style. We will look in detail at Haydn’s life whilst in London, focusing both on the music that he heard here and the music that he wrote whilst here.
What will we cover?
- A detailed overview of Haydn’s life whilst in London
- A detailed knowledge of the most important works he wrote whilst in London
- The influence that the London music scene had on Haydn’s compositional style.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the key events that took place in Haydn’s London life
- Identify the most important works he wrote whilst in London
- Identify the influence that the London music scene had on Haydn’s compositional style.
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.