Great string quartets
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD506
Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The development of the string quartet as an established musical composition dates from the mid-18th century, and in many ways is parallel with the development of the symphony. This small-scale and personal communication between composer, players and audience grew in sophistication and subtlety of musical form into the 19th century. Not all Romantic composers wrote string quartets, but they remained a challenging and rewarding form for the most personal of dialogues from stage to listener. By looking at selected quartets from various composers we will trace the essential elements of the string quartet and follow its development up to the present.
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?
- What elements characterise a string quartet?
- How has the string quartet developed since Haydn and Mozart?
- Which well-known composers have written string quartets?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify various typical musical elements in string quartet composition
- Understand the development of the musical ideas in a string quartet
- Know various composers of string quartets from Haydn and Mozart onwards.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course. No prior knowledge of music is assumed but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
- You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, practical demonstrations on the piano and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including YouTube clips. Links to these are given on Google Classroom so that further exploration may take place between classes if you wish.
- Short preparation tasks, such as listening to a piece or reading a review, will be set
- Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and once enrolled, further online resources will be available via Google Classroom.
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?
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