Music appreciation

From jazz to opera - join our interactive music appreciation classes at Build.
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  1. Introduction to musical analysis

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the major building blocks of music. Learn about melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and performance directions, and how to recognise these facets within further areas of study. Break week: 12th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Opera studies 2: the operatic tenor

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The lyrical tenor voice was used in the earliest operas to charm fair maidens and savage beasts alike. We trace the development of the operatic tenor from simple shepherd to dramatic ‘King of the High Cs’. Break week: 12th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. The Music of Claude Debussy

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the artistic world of early 20th century Paris Debussy set out to explore in his work 'the magic peculiar to music'. Come and join us as we delve into this suggestive, allusive realm of sound. No previous knowledge necessary. Break week: 13th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Classical music in North America

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the classical music of North America and its efforts to carve an independent musical identity. From Dvorák's visit to the 'new world' to homegrown composers Ives and Copland to experimentalists Cage and Oliveros to minimalists Reich and Glass. Break week: 14th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Haydn and the Classical Style

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'When dissonance is tuned, when order arises & chaos is no more, what pleasing, ingenious and graceful melody & harmony ensue!' (Charles Burney). Come and delve into the music of Haydn, where chaos is tamed by order. No previous knowledge necessary. Break week: 15th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Music criticism: a history

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The ultimate arbiter of musical excellence, or an over-powerful journalist delighting in artistic insults? We’ll investigate the motivations and the changing role of the music critic from the late 1700s to today. Break week: 15th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. A short history of jazz: Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of this influential music from its origins in New Orleans through to its remarkable, rapid evolution today, learning about the different styles of each era and key musical figures. **Please note the new start date: January 12th**

    **There is no session on February 2nd**.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Handel in Ireland

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    After more than 20 years at the helm of London’s operatic life, Handel’s 1741 trip to Ireland is seen as key to his decision to focus on oratorio. Explore works of this transitional period in Handel's life. Break week: 16th February.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Eastern influences on Western Music

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore, probe and question some of the ways that 20th-21st century composers have combined the instruments, sounds and structures of the Far and Middle East and India with European idioms. We shall focus on a variety of musical works displaying cultural fusion and hybridity by composers from China, Japan, India and the Middle East.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. The Beatles: a history through their music

    Course Date: Fri 23 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Beatles are the most culturally significant and popular pop band in history. Through analysis of their music and a history of the 1960s we will see how four lads from Liverpool came to define the sound of a decade. Tutor: David Harrison.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Introduction to contemporary music

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering both how they function as an artwork and also the political and social context in which they were written.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Opera studies 3: operas in production

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at operas coming up in the 2018-19 season, and at standard operatic repertoire, we will discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples. There will be bank holiday breaks in this course, on 7 May and 28 May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Jewish music and musicians in Britain

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will focus on some significant periods and developments in the history of sacred and secular music produced by Jewish composers and performers in Britain. Break weeks: Bank holiday Mondays 7th May & 28th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Chopin: poet of the piano

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1831 Chopin wrote of his ‘noble wish and intention to create for myself a new [musical] world’, and he succeeded in doing precisely that with his piano music. Come and join us as we explore his new revolutionary world. No previous knowledge necessary. Break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Beethoven, Bartók and the string quartet

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A chance to explore works of two great string quartet composers 100 years apart – including the central role that Beethoven’s music played in influencing Bartók. Break week: 29th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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