Topics in Romantic music
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
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: MD036A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Historians don’t always agree on exactly when the ‘Romantic’ period of music begins and ends. In this course we will discuss the origins of the idea of Romanticism in music (and poetry and art), and trace how it affects the music of the nineteenth century, from Beethoven to Amy Beach, Verdi to Viardot, and many other composers besides. Each week we’ll investigate a musical genre or topic and explore repertoire from across the century, tracing the way that composers change their approaches over time, and what influences – musical and extra-musical – shape those changes.
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?
- Definitions of Romanticism
- Musical genres including the string quartet, symphony, opera, sonata and solo song
- The changing shape of public concert life, and the importance of the music publishing industry in determining what music was written and performed
- The rising status of the musician in society, including the emergence of the virtuoso.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Define Romanticism and its various characteristics in literature and music
- Identify key musical genres and their characteristics, including the string quartet, symphony, opera and sonata
- Summarise the ways in which public concert life evolved over the nineteenth century
- Recognise some of the key characteristics of Romantic music in performance/listening.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course in intended to be accessible for anyone with an interest in western classical music. We will look at various scores and historical documents during this course but you do not need to read music notation to participate in these activities. All texts will be in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Musical scores are all available free online via IMSLP.
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 (google meets) 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 may 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.
Dr Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. She is fast becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on music, providing talks for a host of organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition, she regularly writes programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, North Norfolk Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. Katy worked as Graham Johnson’s research assistant for his monumental Franz Schubert: The Songs and their Poets (Yale University Press, 2014) and is co-editor of Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Brahms in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In addition to her research and presentation work, Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, City Lit, the University of Nottingham and Middlesex University, working with students in performance workshops and music history classes. She has been teaching Music History courses at City Lit since 2015. She is also Public Events Programmer at the Foundling Museum in central London.
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