What is the course about?
Are you intimidated by contemporary classical music? Do you struggle to understand it or to conceive of why others might enjoy it? This course will introduce learners to some key classical works written in the 20th and 21st centuries, considering both how they function as an artwork and also the political and social context in which they were written. We will consider music by composers including Ligeti, Shostakovich, Reich, Górecki and more.
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?
- Some key movements in classical music in the 20th and 21st centuries
- Some important works written in this time period
- The links between music and key contemporary events
- Tips on how to listen to contemporary music
- Some technical changes in the way new music is composed.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe major movements in classical music during this period
- Explain key aspects of some major works
- Explain the context in which pieces were written and how they were affected by socio-political events
- Listen actively and with confidence to a range of new music making use of some technical terms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels. No prior knowledge of music is assumed.
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?
No. However, 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.