Topics in Renaissance music 1
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MD047A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will lead you through a sequence of topics in renaissance music starting with music of English composers:
Leonel Power and John Dunstaple, Eton Choirbook, John Taverner, Christopher Tye, Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard, William Byrd, John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tomkins.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
-The emergence of the "contenance Angloise"
-The music of the Eton Choirbook
-Music and the English reformation
-William Byrd's musical recusancy
-The English madrigal school.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- form an overview of English renaissance music, including pre-reformation sacred works
- recognize key musical terminology of this period
- feel confident reading further about the lives of selected composers
- compile your own playlist for this period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, etc…) so this course will be most suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (zoom) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online 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.
Patrick Allies is a conductor, researcher and writer on music. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Oxford, researching Renaissance choral music and architecture. Patrick previously studied musicology and choral conducting at King's College London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Maryland. As a performer, Patrick is Artistic Director of the vocal ensemble Siglo de Oro, with whom he has made four critically acclaimed recordings for Delphian Records. Under Patrick's direction, the group has performed at festivals across the UK, and in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland and Malta. Patrick recently made his debut at Wigmore Hall, with Siglo de Oro, performing music from 17th-century Mexico.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.