Life and Music of Franz Schubert
The Oxford Experience is a residential summer programme providing one-week courses in a variety of subjects aimed at non-specialists. It offers a choice of seminars each week over a period of six weeks.
Schubert was a composer to whom melody came naturally and this quality is evident in all his music, perhaps most obviously in his prolific output of songs – over 600 – where he transformed the genre, raising it to new heights of expression, from the most tragic to the most joyful and life-affirming. In this course we shall look at Schubert’s life, starting as a cathedral choir boy under Salieri, and follow his artistic development and haphazard lifestyle, studying the great works that he composed in almost every genre. We will also look at the culture, society and politics that surrounded Schubert for his thirty-one years as a citizen of Vienna.
Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.
Vienna in the early 19th century
Schubert’s early life
Salieri’s teaching and support
Gretchen am Spinnrade
Symphony no. 5
Meeting with Johann Michael Vogl
Music master to the Esterházy family
Piano sonata in A, D. 644
Alfonso und Estrella
Meetings with Weber and Beethoven
An die Leier
Du bist die Ruh
Symphony no. 8
Music for Rosamunde
Die Schöne Müllerin
Piano sonata in A minor, D. 784
Walking tour to Salzburg and Gastein
Piano sonata in D, D. 850
Torch bearer at Beethoven’s funeral
Impromptus for piano
The “Great C Major” Symphony
String Quintet in C
Brown, Maurice. & Sams, Eric. The New Grove Schubert. London: Norton, 1983.
During your course, you will stay in typical Oxford student accommodation at Christ Church in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century. Bedrooms are modestly-furnished, do not have air-conditioning and are arranged on a staircase of four or five floors.
The fee £1545 includes a bedroom with private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Most are single but a few twins are available for couples or those who wish to share with a friend. Those couples wishing to book a twin room should contact us direct firstname.lastname@example.org, as these rooms cannot be booked online.
There are also a few standard rooms available which all have their own washbasin and shaver point but the bath and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared. To apply for one of these rooms please select the ‘Programme Fee (with single standard accommodation and meals)’ option on the application form. Early application for these rooms is essential.
Most standard rooms are single but there are a few ‘twin sets’ (two single rooms opening off a sitting room). If you wish to book a twin set, please contact us direct email@example.com, as these rooms cannot be booked online.
Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.
We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.
Programme fee (with single en-suite accommodation and meals): £1545.00
Programme fee (with single standard accommodation and meals): £1365.00
Jonathan Darnborough is Director of Studies in Music and Departmental Lecturer in Music at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. He is a composer and pianist and has worked in continuing education throughout his career.
Jonathan studied piano and composition at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He was a prizewinner in the 1992 Franco-Italian Music Competition in Paris and has performed in the USA, France, Holland, Italy and Indonesia. The Boston Globe has described him as having “a compositional voice that was unmistakably his own”. He is currently working on an opera based on Euripides’s Hecuba and writing an online course on musical analysis for Oxford.
He is the author of an online course, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Claire-Louise Lucas is a professional mezzo-soprano and a part-time music tutor. She lectures on opera and song for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. She has lectured on singing in conservatoires and other universities in the UK and the USA.
Claire-Louise has performed extensively throughout Britain, Europe and the USA, including an appearance as a soloist in the Salzburg Easter Festival with Maurizio Pollini and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. Other recent performances include concerts at Gloucester Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral; Salisbury Cathedral; Southampton University; the Leominster Festival and the Brighton Festival.
There are no assessments for this course.
Online registration closes on Wednesday 1 May 2019 but please note that this course may be fully booked very quickly so early registration is recommended.
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Week 1 Courses - from Sun 07 Jul 2019 to Sat 13 Jul 2019
Week 2 Courses - from Sun 14 Jul 2019 to Sat 20 Jul 2019
Week 3 Courses - from Sun 21 Jul 2019 to Sat 27 Jul 2019
Week 4 Courses - from Sun 28 Jul 2019 to Sat 03 Aug 2019
Week 5 Courses - from Sun 04 Aug 2019 to Sat 10 Aug 2019
Week 6 Courses - from Sun 11 Aug 2019 to Sat 17 Aug 2019