Introduction to chamber music

Course Dates: 13/06/22 - 11/07/22
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
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What is chamber music and what do we expect from its composers and performers? By looking at a variety of music from around 1750 we will explore some of its defining aspects and delights.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00

Course Code: MD624

Mon, day, 13 Jun - 11 Jul '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
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What is the course about?

We will start by defining the term ‘chamber music’, which covers a broad variety of small-scale instrumental forces, and the term’s use in musical history. Starting in the mid-18th century we will look at some examples from various composers and for various musical forces up to the present, and discuss the popularity of this intimate communication from stage to audience.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- What can be called ‘chamber music’?
- Some of chamber music’s most popular forms and why they evolved
- Some examples of chamber music by a variety of composers.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify a number of composers who wrote chamber music
- Identify the most popular combinations of instruments used in chamber music
- Identify some famous examples of chamber music.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners’ course. No prior knowledge of music 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 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 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.

Pauline Greene

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.