What is the course about?
The aim of the course is to provide a guide to the music of fin de siècle Paris. We will focus in on individual composers who lived and worked in Paris during these years and assess their contribution to the melting pot of styles and sounds around at this time.
What will we cover?
- the cultural and philosophical context for music written at this time in Paris
- detailed analysis of key works composed during this period
- an overview of the main composers working in fin-de-siècle Paris.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- an understanding of the ideas - cultural and philosophical - that influenced the music produced in fin-de-siècle Paris
- knowledge of the most significant composers working in Paris at this time
- an understanding of the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of key works produced during this period.
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.