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Are you interested in learning more about a new genre of music? From classical to jazz courses and more our music classes are engaging and interactive. No previous knowledge is needed, and our courses vary each term.

19th Century Classical Song View details

This 5-week course will provide an introduction to the 19th century Classical Song, exploring the European "art song" genre, including the German 'lied' (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss) ; the French 'mélodie' (Berlioz, Fauré, Duparc, Chausson); and the Italian Art Song (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti).

Art and music of the enlightenment in the eighteenth century and View details

This session will concentrate on the Age of Enlightenment in Art and Music, featuring the works of CPE Bach Joseph Wright and Joseph Haydn. We will also be addressing Romanticism by connecting John Constable Franz Schubert and Caspar David Friedrich.

Composing for Diaghilev - the glittering world of the Russian Ballet View details

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.

Elizabeth to Elizabeth: 400 years in the life of English music View details

This course examines the developments in English music and the English musical scene during the 400 or so years since the time of Elizabeth I. Our studies will cover a wide range of topics: the Elizabethan renaissance and renaissance instruments; music during the Civil War and the Commonwealth; the Restoration; European visitors; the Victorians; the early 20th century musical renaissance; the later 20th.century up to and including the time of Elizabeth II. Composers featured will include, amongst others: Tallis, Byrd, Purcell, Handel, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Parry, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton; Tippett, Britten and Arnold. Each session will examine the compositional processes and musical structures relevant to the period, with numerous audio and video examples for discussion and listening enjoyment, selected from a range of genres, including church music, vocal, choral, orchestral, and film music.

Exploring Opera View details

We will watch on DVD, a selection of operas, designed to give a representative view of the genre. By discussing the various aspects which make up an opera - eg. music, libretto ,singers, orchestra, production, context and cultures at its time of writing and of watching - you will be able to form a judgement about how opera does what it does. This will help you to watch opera with a greater understanding of how a composer's initial idea ends up as a final production on the stage. It is a very interesting journey! The Theme(s) used in planning your course is/are: 1. Culture Education

Musical Discord: Politics, Protest, Exile View details

Some say that musicians in the past have tended to avoid controversy in their music for fear of offending their patrons, especially the church, state or aristocracy. Certainly, a political miscalculation could jeopardize a livelihood at the very least, or at worst lead to harsh reprisals, imprisonment or death. This course is an in-depth study of the output and lives of the surprisingly large number of composers, not only forced into exile, but also who continued to live and work in their own country, in spite of the active opposition and open hostility of their political masters. It will not only examine the effects of the horrors of the 20th century on composers, including those interned in concentration camps, but also the revolutions of the 19th century, leading to studies of musicians as diverse as Chopin and Shostakovich. All sessions include numerous audio and video examples for listening to and discussion.

Suffolk in Music View details

Emeritus Professor Chris Green is one of East Anglia's leading musicians, well known as a lecturer and writer but even better known as conductor of the highly successful Suffolk-based Trianon Music Group. He has been conducting for 60 years and has included many works by both Suffolk composers and composers writing music reflecting Suffolk which feature in this session and some which he has premiered.

The Instruments of Music View details

The world of music is populated by a dizzying range of musical instruments of all types, shapes and sizes. In this course we shall try to make sense of where they all fit in, and what categories they fall into. We shall also listen to examples of instruments from many different times and places, and examine their intriguing history - from the Rommelpot to the Tromba Marina!

The Life, Influences and Music of JS Bach 1685-1750 View details

'The Influences, Career and Musical Development of Johann Sebastian Bach.' JS Bach is 'everyone's composer'. His music is well-known and well-loved, all over the world. How was it that a man who never travelled more than 100 miles from the place of his birth was able to assimilate such a huge range of national musical styles and shape them into the greatest music of the High Baroque? How could a man that endured so much misery write such uplifting, glorious music as 'The Brandenburg Concertos' and 'The Christmas Oratorio'? Is Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (1967) Bach's greatest hit? How could one of the best-known composers of all time have died in poverty? We will look at the life of Bach, the places he lived and worked in, the composers and musicians that influenced him and the ones that he influenced, with particular regard to music of other genres in the twentieth century.

Vaughan Williams collecting folk songs in East Anglia View details

The object is to put the folk songs collected by Vaughan Williams in East Anglia into the wider context of the 800 or so songs he collected in the early 20th century. We will examine the 'folk collector' movement which included Holst and Grainger and, principally, Cecil Sharp and the situation 100 years on.