For roughly a century, opera in Italy constituted an authentically popular yet highly sophisticated art form that evolved its own characteristic, organic nature and yet reflected a complex array of aesthetic, social, and political developments. Syllabus
Twentieth-century music is no longer “contemporary” music; it has become yet another complex and multifaceted notch along the continuum of musical history. We can now examine with reasonable objectivity the influence and permanence of a diverse range of composers...
A note on the NEXT Tuesday class, Italian Opera from Barber to Turandot - Will it be a rehash of the current class?
3-week class, Saturday mornings. Designed for opera newbies and lifelong opera lovers alike, this course explores the genre through the first three works of Lyric Opera’s season.
We will highlight the flamboyant and coloristic compositional techniques of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, the elegance and craftsmanship of Tchaikovsky, and the prescient modernism of Mussorgsky with due attention to the beloved virtuoso performance tradition. Download the syllabus
For Beethoven, the sonata was his laboratory or workshop. It was the genre in which he experimented with his most audacious and original ideas, while the quartet decisively marks the culmination of each of his “three periods.” Schubert’s sonatas and quartets express his utterly complementary character in regard to Beethoven. Download Syllabus
The swashbuckling careers of Liszt, Rubenstein, Louis Moreau, Gottschalk, and Paganini will be placed in the context of the evolution of the virtuoso concerto. Modern-era virtuosos such as Vladimir Horowitz will also be included, as will obscure and contemporary concertos. Syllabus.
This course focuses on the national traditions often omitted in standard musical survey courses. We will introduce the English and closely-related Scandinavian tradition, and the Eastern European tradition of the Czech, Polish and Hungarian masters. Syllabus
Compact and homogeneous, expressive and versatile, the string quartet is the preferred chamber music of composers from Haydn (who invented it as a genre) to the current day. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Janáček, Bartók, and Berg’s quartets will be examined. Syllabus