Russian music in 19th century St Petersburg
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
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?
The course aims to provide students with a greater understanding of the development of Russian music in St Petersburg in the 19th century.
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?
The course will explore the ideas - both musical and non musical - that inspired the creation of this new Russian sound, by:
- focusing on individual composers who lived and worked in St Petersburg in the 19th century
- case studies of key works, placing them in their appropriate context, historically and musically, and analysing them in terms of their musical style and content
- Studying the political context for this music.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- an understanding of the ideas - cultural and political - that influenced the music produced in St Petersburg in the 19th century
- knowledge about the most significant composers involved in creating this new sound world
- an understanding of the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of this new Russian music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed as an overview for both beginners and enthusiasts. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, 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?
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.
Karen Betley is a clarinettist and music historian, she studied at Goldsmiths university and has taught wind instruments and music history at both Morley College and City Lit whilst performing with her own chamber music ensemble. At City Lit she teaches the ever-popular Exploring Classical Music class and also the Wind ensemble. In 2017 Karen was awarded the Teacher of the Year prize by Lulu on behalf of City Lit.
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.