Course title:
Branch Event: Music and Colour: Where the Senses Meet
Guest Speaker
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Sat 05 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM 6
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 6
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 6
Sat 05 Mar 2022
10:00 AM - 16:00 PM
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Classroom Face to Face with Canvas (for SLR & teaching file)
The Bradbury Community Centre
Rose Street
RG40 1XS
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Who is this programme for?
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£35.00 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
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Course aim:
To explore what happens when hearing and seeing merge in artistic creation. For instance: Why do some composers perceive chords as colours? Or, how can we explain the surprising structural similarities between a Poussin painting and a Chopin etude?
Course description:
This course should appeal to anyone who is interested in knowing more about the many and varied links between music and colour. In addition to exploring the shared terminology of music and art, e.g. 'tone', 'composition', 'rhythm', etc., it will consider such diverse topics as synaesthesia (music heard as colour); the golden mean; colour theory; moods and colours of nature, etc. Some critically important musical and artistic friendships and collaborations will also be covered. Turner's 'pictures of nothing' inspired European composers of a later generation (especially Debussy and Liszt). Mozart, Chopin, Bartók and others were all intrigued by number theory. Even the obscure associations of heraldic colours have played a part in shaping musical works.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Appreciate some of the numerous mutual interactions between music and art, and how these have led to so much shared terminology
2. Recognise that the creativity of some painters and musicians is profoundly affected by the remarkable psychological condition known as synaesthesia (in which any one of the five senses may be experienced in terms of one or more of the other four - e.g. someone might hear a sequence of musical sounds and simultaneously perceive them in terms of colour, shape or texture as well as simply pure sound)
3. Understand the enormous influence of painters such as Turner in unleashing the forces of European musical Romanticism, especially in France
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