Introduction to the music of Igor Stravinsky
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?
Stravinsky is one of the most important composers of the twentieth century, synonymous with Modernism in music. A pupil of Rimsky Korsakov he became famous after writing a set of ballets for Diaghilev in a ‘Russian neo- primitive’ style ending with the Rite of Spring. Confounding everyone he turned his back on this style in the 1920s favouring neoclassicism before surprising the music world again in from the 1950s onwards by embracing serialism, a method developed by Stravinsky’s old rival, Schoenberg. He was at the centre of musical arguments about the future of composition and modernism throughout his life. He lived in St Petersburg, Paris and LA and worked with Picasso, WH Auden and Walt Disney.
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?
- Russian roots and education with Rimsky Koraskov
- Russian folk music and Russian Orthadox liturgical music and Stravinsky.
- Neo-primitivism and late romanticism: the Diaghilev ballets (Firebird, Petrushka and the Rite of Spring)
- Objectivity, Neoclassicism and Stravinsky in the 1920s
- Octet, Oedipus Rex, The Rake’s Progress
- Abstraction and serialism: Agon.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the main events of Stravinsky’s life
- Understand the main periods of his work
- Understand the different definitions of modernism in music and how they apply to Stravinsky’s work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge of the subject is required. You do not need to read music to take this course (although we will look at music notation for time-to-time). You will be asked to do some reading in class and between sessions.
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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