Music

A brief history of Western music – music appreciation with Roy Stratford

Ref: SWE09049

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£264.00
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About this course

Join Roy Stratford to explore the history of Western music from the Medieval era to the second decade of the 21st Century. Learn how the language of music has changed and how this effected the way composers expressed their ideas in sound. This is an opportunity to put your favourite composers in context and perhaps make some new discoveries.

Course Description

Join Roy Stratford to explore the entire sweep of the history of Western music from the Medieval era to the second decade of the 21st Century. We will explore how the language of music has changed through the ages and what effect these changes have had on the way that composers have expressed their ideas in sound. Above all this is a great opportunity to put your favourite composers in context and perhaps to make some new discoveries.

Evening Recital

Roy Stratford will give a recital for piano on Saturday evening at 8pm, on Bach's Goldberg Variations. This is a work which demonstrates almost everything that Western classical music has achieved in terms of both technical brilliance and emotional range. Although that might sound rather daunting it is in fact a work of great humour and fun and a source of infinite pleasure and reward.

This is included in the programme for course participants. Non-resident students who would like to book dinner at the college on Saturday evening prior to the recital, should book this in advance with the Bookings Office. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased online via the Event page. Additional tickets cost £10 each.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

Included

  • A ticket for the recital on Saturday evening

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil/pen

Tutors

Roy Stratford

Roy Stratford was very lucky to have had a music teacher at school who had been a student of the great Austrian modernist composer Anton Webern and who inspired in him a great love of music and a particular interest in the Austro-Germanic tradition from Bach to Stockhausen. He went on to study music at Reading University and then the Royal College of Music ( conducting with Norman del Mar) and has since developed a very varied musical career as pianist, conductor, composer and lecturer.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.