about the Course

The land without music, it was called. But it wasn’t true. England was, and is, abundantly gifted with music and with fine composers—as are Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the rest of the Commonwealth. We’ll start with Elizabethans such as Tallis and Byrd, exult in Henry Purcell’s glorious (but sadly brief) career, visit England’s cherished adopted son Handel, then explore the 19th century musical Renaissance with Parry, Stanford, and Elgar. From there it’s on to the 20th century with Vaughan Williams, Britten, Walton, Bax, and others who stood as rare sentinels of sanity amidst a century of musical chaos.

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM.

Xavier Auditorium and overflow rooms

Alfred & Hanna Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco.

The British Muse
Spring 2016

 

Course Outline

Recommended Recordings

 

  • Week 1 - Agincourt to Restoration

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
  • Week 2- Handel in England

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
  • Week 3 - Local Talent and Honored Guests

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
  • Week 4 - Gentlemen of the Club

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
  • Week 5 - The Great Outsider

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
  • Week 6 - A New Wave

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
  • Week 7 - Son of East Anglia

    Lecture Slides (PDF)

  • Week 8 - Commonwealth

    Lecture Slides (PDF)