Music and the Senses - From the Renaissance to the Early 20th Century

Explore music that has been composed explicitly to celebrate the five senses, from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. These themes embrace the playing and hearing of musical instruments, the enjoyment and imitation of bird songs and other sounds of the environment, praise of the beauty of the human voice and individual instruments, and music celebrating food and drink.

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.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The senses of touch and hearing: the highlighting of musical instruments and the human voice: Handel – arias ‘Let the bright seraphim’, ‘O had I Jubal’s lyre’; Haydn ‘Missa in tempore belli’ with its timpani rolls, and his dramatic Motet ‘Insanae et vanae curae’
  • The senses of touch and hearing: the highlighting of musical instruments and the human voice: Chopin Piano Sonata no 2 in B flat minor, especially the Marche funèbre with its imitation of drum rolls; Christopher Tye’s ‘Missa Euge bone’ with its bell-like sounds, and his royal homage motet ‘Quaesumus omnipotens et misericors Deus’
  • The senses of taste and smell: food and drink as celebrated in music: Mozart’s opera ‘Don Giovanni’ the ‘Champagne’ Aria, and Finale; Bach’s ‘Coffee Cantata’, flowers, trees, landscapes, as celebrated by Mozart – his Lied Das Veilchen; Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ - the Drinking Song, Tchaikovsky’s ballet La Casse Noisette – the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
  • The senses of taste and smell: food and drink as celebrated in music: Frank Martin – Ouverture et Foxtrot, Eucharist – Mozart ‘Ave verum corpus’, Frank ‘Panis angelicus’, Finzi ‘Lo, the full final sacrifice’, Satie ‘Tros Pièces en forme de poire’, Debussy - Preludes Book 2 La Puerta del Vino, Schubert – Die Forelle, Johann Strauss II – Waltz ‘Wein Weib und Gesang’
  • The sense of sight – music scores, interactiorn with other performers, architectural contexts for performance; the natural environment - flowers, trees, landscapes, fountains, water, the sun and daylight, the moon: Handel’s ‘Eternal source of light divine’ from the Birthday Ode for Queen Anne,, Bach’s ‘Quia respexit’ from Magnificat, Handel - several arias from the opera Alcina, Haydn’s ‘Creation’ – Parts I and II
  • The sense of sight – Haydn’s Creation Parts II and III, his oratorio The Seasons; excerpts from the Nelson Mass
  • Beethoven – the Pastoral Symphony; Berlioz – ‘Nuits d’Été’ – ‘Villanelle’, ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’, Symphonie Fantastique – 2nd movement
  • The sense of sight: Ravel’s ‘Ondine’, Johann Strauss II – Waltzes ‘An der schönen blauen Donau’, ‘Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald’, Tchaikovsky – La Casse Noisette including the Dance of the Snowflakes, the Waltz of the Flowers, the Pas de Deux and the Finale

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  1. Appreciate the outstanding works studied in the course and their composers’ intentions.
  2. Assess the achievements of the various composers in responding to, and discriminating, between the five senses and their success in depicting these in music.
  3. Distinguish the individual stylistic characteristics of each composer.
  4. Evaluate the very different performances heard in the chosen musical extracts.
$232 Limited / $209

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05 Feb

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