Great works: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
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.
Course Code: MD039B
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is divided into two sessions:
Session 1 (31st March 2022) with James Lloyd from the classics department
Session 2 (7th April 2022) with Karen Betley from the music department.
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?
- An introduction to Orpheus in Greek mythology
- Variations of this story
- The opportunities this legend creates for portrayal of song on stage
- Musical and structural features: recitative, aria, ritornello, continuo
- Vocal ornamentation and study of the aria: Possente spirto.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the key structural features of this myth
- Discuss Monteverdi’s setting of key moments from Striggio’s libretto
- Recognize the key musical structures of this opera
- Feel confident to summarize the history of this work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for students at all levels, and no special skills are needed. 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?
Please have a notebook and pen handy for note-taking.
You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.
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.
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.