We will consider whether seemingly abstract sounds can bear the mark of radical political events, and discuss what connections exist between artistic expression and social structures. Exploring the social, economic and historical contexts in which music happens will show it to be a political act capable of directly changing the world we live in.
You will learn
- Skills of critical listening and music appreciation
- A basic knowledge of 20th century European music history
- To recognise the various strategies of material, form and structure within music
- To critically engage with the relationship between art and socio-economic situations.
Meet the Tutor
Alastair White is a Scottish composer and writer. Described as ‘spellbinding’ (Boulezian),
‘beautiful’ (730 Review), ‘virtuosic’ (Winnipeg Free Press), and ‘passionately atonal’ (Gramophone), his work is characterised by a lyrical complexity which draws influence from technology, science, politics and philosophy. Recent projects include the operas WEAR and ROBE, and a string quartet for the Altius Quartet’s album Quadrants Vol. 3 (Navona Records). Nominated for a Scottish Award for New Music in 2018 and a Creative Edinburgh Award in 2019, he has also written a range of articles on new approaches to musicology, and speaks internationally about his research interests.
Week by Week
Week 1 - Thursday 27 February
‘The Sound of Revolution’: Wagner, Schoenberg, Berg.
Week 2 - Thursday 5 March
‘Burn the Opera Houses’ - Boulez, Cage and Stockhausen.
Week 3 - Thursday 12 March
‘Postmodern Hyperspace’- Stravinsky to John Zorn.
Week 4 - Thursday 19 March
‘Playing in the Rubble’ - Glass, Schnittke, Ferneyhough.
Need to Know
- 18:30 - 20:30
- Full £62 / Conc. £47
- Alastair White
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