Music for Autumn, Spring, Lent and Easter: From The Renaissance To Today

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Music for Autumn, Spring, Lent and Easter: From The Renaissance To Today

<p>Music composed for specific seasons of the year, for times of reflection and celebration, has always been an important part of life. A wide ranging survey of music with works by Byrd, Lasso,

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Music composed for specific seasons of the year, for times of reflection and celebration, has always been an important part of life. A wide ranging survey of music with works by Byrd, Lasso, Allegri, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Mozart, Schubert, and more.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Spring and autumn in Vivaldi’s celebrated violin concerts ‘The Four Season’ (1723) and in Haydn’s oratorio ‘The Seasons’ (1800/1) – contrasts and similarities
  • Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Grieg – songs for spring and autumn; Grieg lyric piece for piano ‘Remembrances’; spring and autumn in Tchaikovsky’s seasonal calendar of the months for solo piano and in his songs
  • Monteverdi – two madrigals for spring, a motet for Passiontide; Bach – The St John Passion – Part I
  • Bach – the St John Passion – Part II
  • Bach - 'Easter Oratorio'
  • Orlando di Lasso – ‘The Lamentations’ for five voices and four voices (1585): Haydn – the ‘Sturm and Drang’ symphonies (Lamentation, La Passione), the ‘Stabat Mater’
  • Haydn – ‘The Seven Last Words of Christ’, music by Allegri, Peter Philips, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Charles Wood, and Kraggerud – music for autumn, Lent and Easter
  • Selections from the DVD ‘Easter at Kings – from Holy Week to Easter’ – Byrd, Gesius, Monteverdi, King John IV of Portugal, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Franck, Ouseley, Charles Wood, Vaughan Williams


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

  1. Appreciate the outstanding works heard and discussed in this course and appreciate their special seasonal character.
  2. Assess the achievements of the various composers in responding to the visual stimuli of the seasons of spring and autumn and to the texts that they set.
  3. Distinguish the individual stylistic characteristics of each composer.
  4. Evaluate the different performances heard in the chosen musical extracts.