By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- Describe the contributions to music of each artist
- Give representative examples of the works of each artist
- Outline the career of each artist
- Discuss the style, impact and motivations of the artists
Your online learning will include the following methods:
- Participation in written discussions with other students
- Participation in videoconference seminars
- Suggested and optional further readings and references
For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.
Week 1: Jessye Norman (1945-2019)
The soprano's voice was described as sumptuous. She created her own path, combining concert music, spirituals and the opera roles that she felt called to perform.
Week 2: Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)
Composer of 500 film scores, perhaps most celebrated for the so-called “spaghetti westerns” of Sergio Leone. His works transcended the screen and he conducted the scores with orchestras around the world.
Week 3: Jerry Herman (1931-2019)
Composer of the music and lyrics for Broadway evergreens Hello Dolly, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles. His credo was to write entertaining shows with unforgettable songs.
Week 4: Franco Zeffirelli (1923-2019)
The New York Times summed Zeffirelli up nicely: "Renowned for his extravagantly romantic opera productions, popular film versions of Shakespeare and supercharged social life."
Books, materials and resources
You will access reading material using SFU's online course management system, Canvas.