19th Century Russian Music with a Native Russian

Ref: C2228594

It’s Marina Burrell’s fourth course in the popular series on "Russian Life & Culture". This time the university lecturer with a 15 years’ experience takes you on a journey with celebrated Russian composers who faced a challenge of linking the European music language with the Russian national tradition. The native Russian tutor will help you engage with Russia & the Russian soul through great music masterpieces. You will learn how Tchaikovsky struggled with fate, how Rachmaninov’s ‘four weeping notes’ revealed Russianness; how Glinka and the Mighty Five transformed the perception of Russian music in the world. The course is based on presentations and supplemented by video & audio, interactive tasks, discussions & a Reading list. Marina’s ex-students say: “I more than achieved my expectations. This was a fascinating, enriching course which opened my eyes.” “The course is excellent in every way - thought-provoking and informative, superb delivery.”

Course aim

To engage with Russia and Russian soul through great 19th C Russian music.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the key features of the Russian national music tradition through the Russian perspective.
  • Discuss some masterpieces of famous 19th Century Russian composers.
  • Relate music compositions to historic events and composers’ lives.
  • Make musical connections.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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19th Century Russian Music with a Native Russian

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