Tutor/Facilitator Jim Pribble
Date: on/from Mon 22 May 2023 to Mon 21 Aug 2023
Class time: 9:30-11:30
This course has as its core videos recorded by The Great Courses. The Lecturer is Dr Robert Greenberg – Music Historian-in Residence at San Francisco Performances. This course comprises about 50% history, 50% music and 100% superb presentation.
At the most general level, a composer’s environment shapes his musical style, meaning the generalised musical vocabulary and expressive parameters of his work (historically, composers were men, hence, “his”). But sometimes, specific historical events shape the creation and content of a piece of music, and that’s what this course is about: music written in direct response to contemporary historical events. As such, this will be a course about connections: the connections between composers and historical events—events that shaped the composers’ lives and inspired the creation of the works under study.
The composers and their works featured in these twentyfour 45-minute lectures are: Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Berlioz/de L’Isle, Chopin, Glinka, Strauss (Sr), Brahms, Gottschalk, Verdi, Wagner, Dvorak, Balakirev, Janacek Rimsky-Korsakov, Holst, Berg, Shostakovich, Copland, Gorecki and Crumb.
Two episodes will be shown at each class session. The course will run through the holidays. No class on June 12.
REQUIREMENTS: Interest in history and music
TUTOR: Jim, a retired research biologist, has been an active participant in U3APP by being a member of the Committee of Management for 3 years, a member of the COVID-19 Working Group and tutor for more than 15 courses covering history, music, language evolution and other disciplines.
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