What is the course about?
The course will give a very brief overview of the life and artistic career of Liberace. Coming from a poor immigrant background, he showed great performing talent as a child and mixed classical music with popular, evolving a glitzy personality which led to him being called ‘Mr. Showmanship’ at the height of his success. We look at him in the spotlight and in private, considering his popularity and his critics, and his impact on the Western world from the 1950s onwards.
What will we cover?
- A brief look at Liberace’s biography
- His rise to fame and signature performing style and repertoire
- His lifestyle, reputation, and legacy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand Liberace’s training and background
- Recognise the component parts of his performing and personal style
- Evaluate his impact on popular piano-playing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course. No prior knowledge of music is assumed or expected.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, practical demonstrations on the piano and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including YouTube clips. Links to these are given on handouts so that further exploration may take place between classes if you wish.
Occasional short preparation tasks, such as listening to a piece or reading a review, may be set from time to time. Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and, once enrolled, further online resources will be available via Google Classroom.
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?
City Lit offers a wide range of music history classes, as well as related courses in history, art history and philosophy.
Next term Pauline will be teaching MD026 Introduction to Musicals, and MD624 Introduction to Film Music, as well as a course focusing on opera, MD997 Opera studies 2: Mozart and da Ponte, and introductory courses on arts administration and management. In the summer term she will teach MD506 Music for film: a history, as well as MD999 Opera Studies 3: Operas in Production and other music history courses.
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.