Great works: The Nutcracker
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD038B
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
After creating the hugely successful Sleeping Beauty in St. Petersburg in 1890, this magical story by E. T. A. Hoffmann was selected by the theatre manager as a follow-up. Why didn’t Petipa, his assistant Ivanov, and Tchaikovsky, think it was suitable? How did they work together to create the ballet, and what features of the composition and choreography are most effective? We will watch plenty of extracts to see how it all came together so beautifully.
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 creation of the ballet by Petipa, Ivanov and Tchaikovsky
- The plot of the ballet and its characters
- How stagecraft, music and choreography blend to make a timelessly magical performance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the working partnership between the creators
- Recognise the component parts of the musical and choreographic style
- Evaluate the impact of the ballet then and now.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course. No prior knowledge of music or ballet is assumed or expected.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
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 handouts so that further exploration may take place between classes if you wish.
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 may like to bring a notebook and pen.
- 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.
Pauline Greene studied composition at Nottingham University and then composed, performed and was Musical Director with various theatre companies. She taught flute and composition, performing her music across the UK at various venues, including the Southbank Centre and the Edinburgh Festival, with her group The Concert Party, which she managed and directed. She has taught at the Universities of Middlesex and Hertfordshire, and ran the Music Access course at Morley College. She has taught at Birkbeck since 1984, moving from Music to Arts Management, and also lectures at Goldsmiths. She has given talks at the Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall and Glyndebourne. At City Lit Pauline teaches a wide range of music history courses, with specialisms in opera, music for dance, theatre and film, musical analysis, and music since 1900. She is still involved in the organisation of small-scale charity concerts and one-off musical events, and she sings and plays with several small groups.
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.