Great works: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
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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What is the course about?
Vivaldi’s four violin concerti - The Four Seasons (Italian: Le quattro stagioni) – are so famous they have become virtually synonymous with their composers name. But how do they express/reflect/portray these four seasons and what is the story behind the poems that are said to be related to them.
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?
- A brief biography of Vivaldi
- The structure of a baroque concerto
- The Sonnets associated with these concerti
- Key features of historically informed performances.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Form an overview of the history and format(s) of these concerti
- recognize the structure of a solo concerto
- feel confident using some technical language to describe this work eg. Continuo, ritornello
- observe key features of modern recorded performances.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many violins are playing, 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?
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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