Music and Art for Christmastide: Celebration and Pathos

From the Medieval period to the present, we take a nuanced view of the music and art of the Christmas season, concentrating on the contradictions of the festival, its combination of celebration and pathos. There will be both sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental music, and account will be taken of the architectural setting for which they were created.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the contradictory aspects of celebration and pathos in the different musical and artistic works presented.
  2. Evaluate the significance of the social aspects of Christmastide in its ability to encompass these contradictions.
  3. Discuss the continuities and contrasts between the various works studied.
  4. Develop a clearer view of stylistic change as it relates to the music and art included in this lecture.

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