What is the course about?
Klezmer is East-European Jewish wedding music traditionally played on clarinet, violin, accordion, bass and drums, also saxophone, brass, strings and woodwind. It is energetic dance music with heterophonic melodies in particular modes and rhythmic styles. We will play some favourite tunes, explore the melodic styles, and devise instrumental arrangements to include all participants.
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?
Meet some of the styles that make up traditional Klezmer music. A characteristic tune has several sections, each perhaps in a separate musical mode. Melodies are played freely with traditional variations that may occur concurrently, producing a heterophonic performance. We will play tunes for 3 dance styles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Increase your appreciation of the music styles you have played.
Enjoy practical experience of playing some world music styles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Due to the complexity and energy of Klezmer tunes, we recommend players have instrumental competence at grade 5 and above for this course. Good reading skills are required for melody players. Scores can be adapted to include any instrument, although advance notice of instruments in keys other than C, Bb, Eb will be appreciated.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Listening to original versions of the music, tutor demonstration and practical rehearsal session. The music for study - by ear and from notation - will be approached in theoretical and practical ways.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Use your own instruments for these online sessions. Sheet music and recordings will be supplied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other World music courses such as Latin percussion, Latin piano, Ghanaian Highlife, Township jazz and Bollywood tunes.