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OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2016

Updated Friday, 9th December 2016

The composer who made a ballerina of Jane Eyre. Then more learning and research across the day.

OpenLearn Live skips to chorus to bring you interesting learning and research from around the web. This page will be updated across the day.

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Today's posts

How clever are orangutans?

This is a question you'll have often asked, I'm sure. We know chimps are clever. We know gorillas are really clever. Some people, sometimes, can do feats of logic and deduction. But... orang-utans? Are they that smart?

We know that one has just baffled zoo keepers by becoming pregnant when they thought she was on birth control:

But clever? How clever are they?


You might also like: Saving the mountain gorilla

On iPlayer now: Vienna

Last night we brought a brand new documentary series to BBC Four, in which Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the legacy of the Habsburgs, and their influence on the city they made their home.

Watch now on iPlayer

See more about the series

Vale 2016: Julia Gomelskaya

This week, we've been celebrating the lives of just some of those who left us during the year. So far this week, we've met:

We're ending the week with Julia Gomelskaya, Юлія Олександрівна Гомельська.

Julia Gomelskaya Creative commons image Icon Julia Gomelskaya under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

Julia was born in Saratov - then in the USSR, now Russia - on March 11th, 1964, the same day Celo Madison died. She died last Sunday, 4th December, in a car accident which also claimed the life of her husband, Sergei.

She graduated from Simpheropol Tchaikovsky Music College as a pianist, before moving on study composition at Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Music Academy and Amsterdam's Gaudeamus foundation.

For postgraduate studies, she relocated to London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won all six of the school's composition award. She returned to Odessa for her PhD.

Her academic career is stellar, but it's her music that will echo. Here's just a taste of that, Calling The Sun:

Amongst her works are a ballet based on Jane Eyre, produced for London's Children's Ballet; Trace Of Trumpet; and this, Through Crystals of Gothic Mosaic:

More recently, her work had focused on her country of Ukraine, setting some of its folk music into new arrangements and providing musical interpetations of Ruth Padel's poem Writing To Onegin.

Try our free course, an Introduction to Music Theory





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