Music appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at City Lit.
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  1. Eastern influences on Western Music

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore, probe and question some of the ways that 20th-21st century composers have combined the instruments, sounds and structures of the Far and Middle East and India with European idioms. We shall focus on a variety of musical works displaying cultural fusion and hybridity by composers from China, Japan, India and the Middle East.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. The Beatles: a history through their music

    Course Date: Fri 23 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Beatles are the most culturally significant and popular pop band in history. Through analysis of their music and a history of the 1960s we will see how four lads from Liverpool came to define the sound of a decade. Tutor: David Harrison.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Introduction to contemporary music

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering both how they function as an artwork and also the political and social context in which they were written.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. Jewish music and musicians in Britain

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will focus on some significant periods and developments in the history of sacred and secular music produced by Jewish composers and performers in Britain. Break weeks: Bank holiday Mondays 7th May & 28th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Opera studies 3: operas in production

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at operas coming up in the 2018-19 season, and at standard operatic repertoire, we will discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples. There will be bank holiday breaks in this course, on 7 May and 28 May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Chopin: poet of the piano

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1831 Chopin wrote of his ‘noble wish and intention to create for myself a new [musical] world’, and he succeeded in doing precisely that with his piano music. Come and join us as we explore his new revolutionary world. No previous knowledge necessary. Break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. Beethoven, Bartók and the string quartet

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A chance to explore works of two great string quartet composers 100 years apart – including the central role that Beethoven’s music played in influencing Bartók. Break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Exploring classical music: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the 19th century to the present. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. A history of piano music

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of keyboard instruments and their repertoire from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the late works of Brahms. Explore the composers and makers who shaped the keyboard into one of the most versatile and popular instruments of all time, and learn about history, style, genre and function through guided listening and score reading. Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Walton: behind the facade

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'A musical joker' or 'a born genius' - Walton's music generated much controversy during his lifetime. Come and delve into the work of this British composer, and unravel the diverse elements of his dazzling style. Break week: 31st May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Music and philosophy

    Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Since Plato, philosophers have attempted to make sense of music and musical works. Explore some of those attempts and the challenges that face us when we attempt to philosophise about music. Break week: 31st May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Music and dance 3: great partnerships

    Course Date: Fri 20 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look at ballet, dance and musicals partnerships in many styles from the C19th on, using pictures, videos and film clips, and try to capture the ‘chemistry’ of a wonderful partnership. Break week: 1st June.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Fight The Power: the 70s conscious soul renaissance

    Course Date: Fri 20 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    FIGHT THE POWER! Learn how the Civil Rights movement, Black Power and urban unrest sparked a renaissance in late 60s/1970s soul music, producing landmark work by Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website]

    This course has a mid-term break: 1st June.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Introduction to musicals

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Showboat to Wicked, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  15. Haydn and the Classical Style

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'When dissonance is tuned, when order arises & chaos is no more, what pleasing, ingenious and graceful melody & harmony ensue!' (Charles Burney). Come and delve into the music of Haydn, where chaos is tamed by order. No previous knowledge necessary. Break week: 15th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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