Course overview

The course aims to encourage learners to attend art exhibitions and/or musical events with a greater background knowledge in order to enhance appreciation. If actual attendance is not possible, to undertake independent research and hence, enjoy a more active and cultural lifestyle. The class also offers an opportunity for learners to interact socially with like- minded people in intellectual pursuits. It also encourages learners to acquire critical and analytical skills through debate and discussion. The course covers all styles and periods from the Renaissance to the present day. It is multi media to accommodate diverse learning styles and preferences. It is suitable for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

Course description

Igor Stravinsky is probably the most influential composer of the twentieth century. Russian by birth, he spent much of his life in exile, either in France, Switzerland and ultimately the USA. This course will concentrate on three influential scores that he composed in for Sergei Diaghilev, The Firebird (1910) Petrushka (1911) and the Rite of Spring (1913). Although they were composed and premiered in Paris they each look back to his native Russia with themes associated with folklore and ancient ritual. We will be considering each of these works in tandem with the visual arts produced at the same time. The Firebird occupies the world of Russian folklore and the Nationalist tradition. We will be looking at

pictures by artists such as Savrasov, Levitan, Repin, Vasnetsov Kustodiev etc. Petrushka is probably his first truly modernist score and its jagged rhythms and harsh dissonances can be compared with early Russian Modernists artists such as Malevich, Goncharova and Tatlin The Rite of Spring is probably his most significant work, if not THE most significant musical composition of the twentieth century. A complete rendition of this work will be illustrated with pictures by Kandinsky.

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