Listening to the 20th century: module 1
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: MD612A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course explores art music in the first half of the twentieth century using Alex Ross’s book The Rest is Noise as a guide.
What will we cover?
Will be looking at late Romantic music, Maximalism, Expressionism, Modernism, fin di siècle Paris and the Ballet Russe and the Second Viennese School. We will look at the effect on music of Nationalism and World War I and composers like Mahler, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Satie and Debussy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key musical tropes in the first half of the twentieth century
- Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of works
- Understand more about the historical contexts for the big changes in musical language in this period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You do not need any particular skills just an interest in thinking about a wide range of different types of music critically.
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?
This course leads directly to Course code: MD612B ( Listening to the twentieth century: module 2)
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Edward Henderson is a composer and performer from South London. He studied at Cambridge and Trinity Laban, where he won the Director's Prize for Composition. He co-directs composers’ collective Bastard Assignments, which presents shows in London and across Europe. His theatre pieces "Manspangled" and "Hum" have been performed at Second Movement's Rough for Opera night and the Tête à Tête opera festival, and his piano piece "Milk 2" has been performed in Europe and in Sydney. His "Tape Piece" opened the 2015 London Contemporary Music Festival, and his performance piece "Totally" featured at the 2016 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. Edward teaches at City Lit, Morley College and Trinity Laban, and runs inclusive community choirs for Certitude.
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