Music history and appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at City Lit.
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  1. Great works: Handel's Messiah

    Course Date: Mon 3 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Handel was a famous opera composer. What inspired him to write Messiah and why has it lasted? We explore its background and individual numbers, considering its popularity then and now. Hallelujah!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Introduction to musical analysis: module 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the major building blocks of music. Learn about melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and performance directions, and how to recognise these facets within further areas of study. Tutor: Pauline Greene

    This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Opera studies 2: literature into libretto

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How are books, plays, short stories and so on turned into a libretto: what changes need to be made, and why? There will be many examples to listen to, from Monteverdi to current works. This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Exploring classical music: module 2

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Baroque to Classical and leads to MD021C – Romantic to Modern, next term. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 19th February.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  5. The long 19th century II: salons and symphonies

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We continue our journey through the music of the 1800s with Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Donizetti, and the world of performance in private homes and ever grander public spaces. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week: 12th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. The music of the spheres

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Pythagoras to Bach and beyond music was seen by some to be a reflection of celestial order and harmony. Come and delve into the harmonious beauty of the Music of the Spheres! This course has a scheduled break week: 19th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. British and Irish music since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the classical music of Britain and Ireland in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Starting with Elgar and Stanford we will survey works by Britten, Birtwistle, George Benjamin and Gerald Barry as well as Thomas Adès, Jennifer Walshe and Andrew Hamilton. We will consider and discuss Britain’s post-war relationship with central European modernism and Ireland’s relationship to American minimal music. This course has a scheduled break week: 20th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Mahler and the symphony

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mahler famously said 'The symphony must be like the world. It must be all embracing'. Come along and delve into this Mahlerian 'realm outside time [and] space'. This course has a scheduled break week: 21st February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Benjamin Britten: place, poetry, music

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A chance to learn more about the life and music of the most important British composer of the twentieth century, Benjamin Britten. Come and find out about his best-loved works, his network of brilliant creative friends, and the establishment and legacy of the Aldeburgh Festival. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    Break week: 14th February (please note this is different to other music history & appreciation courses).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Wagner: exploring The Ring Cycle

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    ‘Numerous musical beauties reign in the [Ring des] Nibelungen with a magical power to which we willingly and thankfully yield ourselves capture’. So wrote the critic Hanslick after the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Come and join us as we uncover those ‘musical beauties’ within the Ring. This course has a scheduled break week: 21st February.

    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. The Beatles: a history through their music

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride, bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the impact that Bob Dylan has had on popular music with a special focus on the 1960s. Through analysis of his songs and a history of the 1960s we will see how his influence extends beyond the American folk music revival.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Great works: Stravinsky's Petrushka

    Course Date: Mon 1 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the extraordinary creative climate of Paris in the 1910s, Stravinsky composed this startlingly original music for the Ballets Russes. Set at Easter-time, Petrushka’s music tells the story with verve, delicacy and humour.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Great works: Brahms' Requiem

    Course Date: Thu 4 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Brahms made his international reputation in the late 1860s with the completion of his choral and orchestral work, Ein deutsches Requiem. But why did he choose to set the text in German? And is it really a Requiem mass at all? Come and discover the history of his best-loved work.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

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