This course examines the evolution of Western music from the Baroque era through the 20th century. Different parameters such as harmony, rhythm, and melody are concisely explained and examined in representative masterpieces drawn from eras, genres, and styles, including the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Stravinsky among others. Rich historic context will be provided. This class will be a lively combination of lecture, analysis, and watching and listening.
I look forward to meeting some ‘regulars” and new students alike.
In the meantime, enjoy these inspirational quotes:
“The very word classical connotes something of lasting value, something conceived with certain standards in mind. This has led some people to slap an “elitist” label onto such music. But that’s a cheap shot. Although it is best appreciated, most deeply understood, by those who study it in some details, it is essentially accessible to anyone with open ears. And the act of listening is a very important part of this art form. Despite its use in shopping malls and hotel lobbies, most classical music is intended to be foreground, not background; it wants to be front and center, not piped-in.” – Tim Smith in The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Classical Music
“Opera is all around us — hundreds of hours’ worth on YouTube alone — and there is no excuse not to take part in it. It still requires some commitment to knowledge and it rarely has a beat, but there’s just so much of Lady Gaga a human being can enjoy/tolerate without needing to be touched in a slightly deeper place.” – Robert Levine in Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera