Composing for Diaghilev - the glittering world of the Russian Ballet

Ref: C2341047

With the performance of Stravinsky’s complete score for The Firebird in the Royal Concert Hall on 3 May as our starting-point, we shall explore some of the many celebrated scores composed for Sergey Dyagilev’s Ballets Russe company. We shall also look at Stravinsky’s Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, Les Noces and Pulcinella. Other works to be featured include Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé, Debussy’s Jeux, Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat and Poulenc’s Les Biches. It is hoped to included excerpts on DVD where possible.

Course aim

The course aims to explore some of the scores commissioned by impresario Sergey Dyagilev for his Ballets Russe company.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Outline briefly Dyagilev’s success in engaging leading creative figures to work with his Ballets Russes company
  • Identify four major ballet scores composed for Dyagilev
  • Describe their scenarios in broad outline
  • Assess the wider cultural impact of Dyagilev and the Ballets Russes

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You may wish to bring a folder for handouts, a notepad and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Suggestions for further reading and the addresses of relevant websites will be included on the handout for each session. Relevant broadcasts and related live performances in the area will be brought to students' attention at each session.

What can I do next?

  • Topics for future courses will be discussed and decided in class.

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Composing for Diaghilev - the glittering world of the Russian Ballet

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