In many of the courses taught at Cambridge, the Faculty lectures you attend are designed to open up and expand your critical perspective on the topics you are studying, as well as furthering your factual knowledge. You can then explore ideas and specific examples further in your reading and thinking, and through writing your weekly essays, then discussing them with your supervisors (see how you are taught).
As an example, three Cambridge lecturers in Music have written about one of the most famous twentieth-century chamber works from three very different angles.
Why not listen to Dmitri Shostakovich's Eighth Quartet (1960) and read:
- A historical perspective
by Prof Marina Frolova-Walker
- An analytical perspective
by Prof Nick Marston
- A performance-related perspective
by Prof John Rink
These can be found in the Music Faculty's Music@Cambridge Magazine Schools Edition (Michaelams 2015), pages 35-37.