Course title:
Songs of Christmas
Timothy Rupp
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Date Times Hours
Fri 26 Nov 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Fri 03 Dec 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Fri 10 Dec 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Fri 17 Dec 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 4
Total number of classroom hours: 8
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 8
Fri 26 Nov 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri 03 Dec 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri 10 Dec 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri 17 Dec 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£25.60 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
As this is an online course, you will need to have an internet connection and appropriate equipment to be able to take part in a Zoom meeting.
Course aim:
To uncover some of the stories that surround some popular pieces of Christmas music. To listen to examples of Christmas music and to appreciate the different ways that musicians have represented the season of Christmas in their compositions.
Course description:
We have all sung Christmas Carols or heard them performed in the festive period, but where did these pieces of music and poetry come from? Over the centuries, many pieces of poetry and rhyme have been set to music to celebrate the festive period. Many composers, including Anderson, Bach, Brahms, Britten; Schubert, Chopin, Haydn, Handel, Holst, Mendelsohn, Penderecki, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, have written music to celebrate the Christmas period. Even Henry VIII is supposed to have written music that is used at Christmas! In this series of talks, I intend to talk about many of these pieces including some of the history surrounding why each of them was written. During our sessions, we will uncover some of the secret stories and hidden meanings of many of the most well-loved pieces of Christmas music that we play each year.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. recognise a range of Christmas music from different eras.
2. understand where some of the traditional music that we listen to at Christmas originally came from.
3. listen to, and appreciate, the music of different composers who wrote about the Christmas season.
4. compare different pieces of Christmas music and identify some ways that they differ from each other.
5. Identify pieces of music that follow a similar theme and identify similarities between different pieces of music.
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