Music: Discovering Classical Music
"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen
Information at a Glance
- Evening Class
- Thursdays 18:30 - 20:30
- 20 weeks: October to March
- 2 hours taught time per week
- Tutor: Dr Bruno Bower
- Fees from £210 to £395
- Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
Discovering Classical Music: An Introduction to Classical Music
Are you baffled by Brahms? Perplexed by Prokofiev? Stumped by Strauss? On this course Bruno Bower invites you to join him on a journey to discover new ways to understand classical music, without any of the obscure jargon.
The focus on the course is on the stories music tells:
- What kinds of stories do composers tell through music?
- What methods do they use to tell them?
- What kind of historical stories can we discover through music?
- And how has historical music been shaped by the social and cultural context of the time?
Knowing who, how, and why people created, played, and listened to music makes it much easier to relate to the deeper levels of texture and structure that lie behind the sounds we hear.
The course is suitable for people with or without previous knowledge of classical music. On the course you will gain fresh perspectives on some famous works of classical music, and you will have opportunities to discover some less well-known pieces along the way.
London has a huge number of music venues, and one of the aims of the course is to give you greater confidence to enjoy classical music and to encourage you to hear classcial music played live. Relevant events at venues around London, including in Imperial’s own Blyth Centre, will be highlighted throughout the course.
- Week 1 - Introduction
- Week 2 - Concepts 1: Colours
- Week 3 - Concepts 2: Pictures
- Week 4 - Concepts 3: Stories
- Week 5 - Concepts 4: Dialogue and conflict
- Week 6 - Structures 1: Dances
- Week 7 - Structures 2: Variations
- Week 8 - Structures 3: Rondo
- Week 9 - Structures 4: Sonata form
*** Christmas Break ***
- Week 10 - Genres 1: Symphony
- Week 11 - Genres 2: Concerto
- Week 12 - Genres 3: Choral Music
- Week 13 - Genres 4: Chamber Music
- Week 14 - Genres 5: Art Song
- Week 15 - Genres 6: Fugue
- Week 16 - Genres 7: Opera
- Week 17 - Periods 1: Renaissance and Baroque (16th and 17th century)
- Week 18 - Periods 2: Classical (18th century)
- Week 19 - Periods 3: Romantic (19th century)
- Week 20 - Periods 4: Modern/Postmodern (20th/21st centuries)
This programme is subject to possible change.
Additional Reading and Credit Information
There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.
No academic credits are available for this course. An attendance certificate is issued only to those who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions.
About Your Tutor
Dr Bruno Bower is a lively and enthusiastic tutor, whose love of music is infectious. He is both an academic and a performer, having studied at Oriel College, Oxford, Birmingham Conservatoire, and King's College London. He completed his PhD at the Royal College of Music in 2016, with a thesis on nineteenth-century programme notes for orchestral concerts. He has written on subjects as diverse as Gilbert and Sullivan, John Cage, and Victorian polymaths, and he is also the General Editor for critical editions of music by Peter Gellhorn and Norman O’Neill. He currently teaches music history and analysis to first- and second-year students at Cambridge University, and is the principal oboist of West London Sinfonia and the cor anglais player for Chelsea Opera Group.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Internal rate||Associate rate||Standard rate|
|40||20||£210* Standard fee: £230||£280* Standard fee: £305||£360* Standard fee: £395|
|*Early-bird fee valid 1 August - 30 September only | Prices quoted are per one whole two-term course|
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of Friends of Imperial College
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Local residents (SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8 postcodes only)
- Applicable to all who do not qualify for the Internal or Associate Rate.
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you are able to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|40||20||14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)*||6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks)||n/a|
|* Followed by the Christmas break|
Web enrolment starts 1 August
Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
- The following email notifications will be sent
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756
Certificate of Attendance
Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions.
Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the course tutor, Dr Bruno Bower at email@example.com