Music is, of course, a sonic art form but it need not deal only with sound. Music is kinetic; certain pieces might feel different…
After writing about one of the most important living composers, Unsuk Chin, for International Women’s Day, I’m continuing with a post about one of the very earliest composers we know of: Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), and her utterly unique contribution to the early history of western music.
International Women’s Day 2019. Friday, 8 March. Joanna Ward is a composer, performer, and curator. She has written a short opera, ‘hunger’, which was written and premiered at ENO Lilian Baylis House, and later taken to the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Two things prompted me to write this blog post: the news that composer Unsuk Chin has been awarded the Hamburg Bach Prize and the approach of International Women’s Day- Friday 8 March 2019.
Are you interested in the potential for creative disciplines to come together in exciting new ways? Have you ever considered using sound or music in your work, or perhaps created visual pieces that resonate with music in some way? Or perhaps you are a composer, who has thought about how your compositions might be informed and extended through other approaches.
As a youngster who liked to make as much noise as possible, the violin was a natural choice for me… What I enjoyed most though was playing my own harmonies alongside someone else’s tune… Perhaps composition is your thing too, and with a distance learning Music degree centred upon practical work, you should definitely take a look at our courses if so.
…and as part of this we asked OCA programme leaders to share some important practitioners to point students towards and remember artists and events in the history of the African diaspora. This is list is just the beginning of a longer one we hope, please add to it in the comments below.
Join Music Programme Leader Carla Rees and fellow music students for a series of informal web chats from your own home.
Neglected Visionary, American Provocateur. Written for Black History Month 2018
I am happy to announce that two more music courses are currently being written. Both of the courses form level 5 options in preparation for a specialism for the body of work at level 6.
In August 2018 I visited Amsterdam on holiday; it was a wonderful trip, full of the usual touristy activities. On the final day we visited the Pianola Museum; slightly out-of-the-way, cheaper than every other attraction, and almost entirely devoid of visitors when we arrived, it turned out to be the highlight of the trip.
I am sorry to announce that Douglas Seville, passed away recently after a brief illness. Douglas joined the OCA as a music tutor in 1997.