Music history and appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at City Lit.
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  1. The essential history of jazz in 20 cuts

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a selection of 20 iconic albums, we will study the key figures, the innovators and the star soloists of 20th century jazz, as well as some important artists you might be less familiar with. This course has a scheduled break week: 26th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Exploring classical music: module 1

    Exploring classical music: module 1

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores selected topics in Medieval to (early) Baroque music, and leads on to next term's course (MD021B) which covers Baroque to classical. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  3. Introduction to musicals

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 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

  4. A history of female jazz singers

    Course Date: Fri 9 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the lives and work of some of the greatest female jazz singers of all time. Hear their great recordings and consider there work in a musical and a historical context.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. Music analysis: nuts and bolts

    Course Date: Mon 3 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What’s a stave? What are all those dots and squiggles, and how do they turn into glorious melodies? Learn the basics to understanding the language of music. Ideal as a preparation for further study. Tutor: Pauline Greene.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. 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

  7. Medieval Christmas Carols

    Course Date: Wed 5 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the rich heritage of medieval Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  8. Great works: Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

    Course Date: Thu 6 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of Mahler’s last completed compositions, not premiered during his lifetime, is a mighty song cycle of Chinese-inspired poetry for two singers and vast orchestra, Das Lied von der Erde. These sessions offer an insight into the creation of this extraordinary piece.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Great works: Monteverdi's Vespers

    Course Date: Thu 6 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Monteverdi's Vespers presents us with a snapshot of early 17th century musical styles and practices. Come and delve into this encyclopaedic sound world!
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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