Handel London operas 2
Time: 14:00 - 16:10
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD816
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course offers a survey of Handel’s ‘Second Academy’ operas written during a period of collaboration with the impresario Johann Jacob Heidegger and his later operas at Covent Garden. During this course we will study selected topics in Handel’s life, his choices of libretto, his operatic scores and the circumstances surrounding their production.
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?
- Handel’s biography to c.1729-1741 through source readings, images and current scholarship
- Handel relationship to a rival company: the Opera of the Nobility
- Developments in Handel's operaic style 1729-41
- Extracts from Handel's operas: Partenope, Poro, Orlando, Ariodante, Alcina and Deidamia
- Social, political and religious context of Handel's operas
- Handel’s librettists.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand key elements of Handelian opera: structure, aria type, voice type
- Understand the changing circumstances of operatic performance
- Relate the operas to key developments in English social culture
- Make a more informed assessment of Handel's musical achievements.
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 scores (both handwritten and printed) and learn to identify key features of music notation (e.g. how many singers, or orchestral parts), so this will be suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn. We will also explore the writings of Handel’s contemporaries (letters, diaries, newspaper announcements).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will 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 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?
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.
Edward teaches music history and music theory at City lit where he is Head of Programme: Advanced Studies in the School of Performing Arts. His specialism is early music (medieval, renaissance and baroque periods) and he completed his PhD in historical musicology at King's College London (2013) on the performance of medieval music. Outside of teaching, Edward is a regular contributor to Gramophone magazine and has lectured for Dartington International Summer School, London's Southbank Centre and The British Library. He has also worked as a researcher for BBC Proms and written for the journal Early Music (OUP). His recent essays are published in: The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Historical Performance in Music, (Cambridge University Press); The Montpellier Codex: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music 16 (Boydell Press); Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen (Ashgate 2018); and 30-Second Classical Music (Ivy Press).
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.