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

The main emphasis on the course concerns local events and significant anniversaries of composers or artists. 2024 is a particularly good year for Anniversaries.

2024 marks the 150th anniversary of Impressionism. The main emphasis of this 6 week course will be the development of Impressionism and musical responses to it, starting with Beethoven, whose ninth symphony premiered 200 years ago in 1824. Although mainly remembered for the famous choral finale featuring Schiller’s “ode to joy” Beethoven’s ninth broke new grounds in other significant areas inspiring composers of future generations who changed the fate of music forever.

We will also celebrate the music of Anton Bruckner born September 1824 and Arnold Schoenberg born September 1874. Bruckner continued in the Beethovenian symphonic tradition, albeit inspired by Wagner, whilst Schoenberg is arguably the most controversial of all composers, inventing an entirely new musical language.

Following on from the previous term we will examine the Impressionist collection in the National Gallery, featuring works by Monet, Renoir, Degas Cezanne and Van Gogh. Contemporary music will be provided by Debussy, Ravel and Tchaikovsky inter alia.

The course content may well alter slightly, dependent on any exhibitions events, or obituaries being announced in the meantime, as yet unknown

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