Right at the beginning of the month/end of October was the Deborah York master-class which it was an honour to be a part of as a first year student as usually these things at the beginning of the year are mainly aimed at the older more experience students who are getting ready for their final exams. Getting to work with someone who had studied in Manchester brought a nice touch of home to Leeds, especially when I was feeling home sick at the time, it was good to hear the familiar accent. The main thing we focused on was my spoken projection, as my habit of quietening what I am saying when I am speaking can sometimes damage what I am doing technically when I am doing something which is quite recitative-esque.
Class wise, my first assignment (the creative project, seventeenth century song) is done and dusted and my attention is now solely on my musicology essay which is about the musical language of three different composers (three of my favourites, who you can probably guess!) and how they acquiesce to the labels of classical and romantic music - is it just a chronological title or does it genuinely categorise them in terms of content? We'll find out when I have finished drafting the conclusion! One of the most useful lectures was last week when we discussed Schubert. The thing about Schubert is that he is just so likeable - he was a middle class man who wrote Schubertiades for his and his friends enjoyment in a middle class environment, and he seems like someone you could have a coffee with and enjoy a debate over music without feeling that he was being condescending (sometimes I get this impression from Mozart and Beethoven, no matter how great they may be in terms of their work) My favourite pieces by Schubert, the ones which I am writing about, are Die Forelle (the song from the cycle, not the string quartet) and his death and the maiden (yes, the string quartet) Next year when I visit my pen pal in Austria, we are going on a trip to Vienna for a few days and so I am really looking forward to seeing Schubert's old house when we do go! Fun fact about Schubert - where Vivaldi was fondly titled 'the red priest' because of his hair colour, Schubert was nicknamed 'little mushroom' because of his shortness and the height of his collar!
Away from essays, master-classes and the like, as you know I have been visiting the Christmas markets and getting more and more excited for Christmas, what with the Halle Christmas concerts ever nearer, and the carolling, and the busking this week with part song choir, and the holidays, and getting to go home and spend time with family. But mainly the fact that I have managed to find a nut free advent calendar! It would probably shock you if you could comprehend how much this excites me - more even than Schubert pieces! :
On a final note, UCAS have just launched their new app which is actually really useful with researching universities and getting news updates on all things student, even if you are already in university (there is still postgrad to consider as well as employment and projects) It is completely free too, so if you do want to have access to lots of useful UCAS tips, advice and ideas, do make sure to download that. I'll put the link below:
And for now, yet another November has drawn to yet another close, so I will say goodbye and good luck with the application process for now, or with your assignments, and you will be hearing from me quite soon!
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