Music All Around: How Environment Inspires Musical Composition

Ref: C2346771

As an exploration of some of the ways composers have responded to their surroundings, this course follows on from the previous term's 'Music all Around', but you do not need to have attended that course to sign up for this one. We begin with Grieg, Britten, Ravel, Fauré and others recreating bell sounds. After a session exploring the influence of birdsong, from a concerto by Vivaldi to piano music by Messiaen, we join Beethoven, Bridge, Debussy, Weir and others as they contemplate the night sky. Bridge, Debussy and Britten are among those portraying the sea, Gershwin, Elgar and Chabrier bring home musical souvenirs of foreign travel, and we enjoy gardens in the company of Delius, Ravel, Falla and Takemitsu.

Course aim

This course aims to explore some of the ways in which composers have responded to their surroundings, prompting some of the most vivid and enjoyable music in the western classical tradition.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • identify three features of composers' surroundings that prompted musical responses.
  • identify specific details that suggest those responses, in music from two or more of the sessions.
  • compare the responses of any two composers to the same stimulus.
  • Identify and discuss with the tutor and other students aspects of the music we listen to.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Music All Around: How Environment Inspires Musical Composition

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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