Sibelius: from Nationalist to Modernist

Course Dates: 26/04/22 - 05/07/22
Time: 15:20 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
Come and explore the music of Sibelius – creator of a Finnish national sound, but also an influential musical modernist. No previous musical knowledge necessary. Scheduled break week: 17 May 2022.
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Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00

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Course Code: MD024

Started Tue, day, 26 Apr - 05 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The aim of the course is to explore the emergence of both a national sound and a modernist style in the music of Sibelius.

What will we cover?

- the key stages in Sibelius’s life
- analysis of the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of certain key works by Sibelius
- exploration of Finnish nationalism.

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

- Identify the key stages in Sibelius’s life
- Identify the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of certain works by Sibelius
- Recognise nationalist characteristics in the music of Sibelius
- Recognise modernist ideas in Sibelius’s music
- have an understanding of the ideas - cultural and political - that influenced Sibelius.

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?

- 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.

Karen Betley

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.

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