The Baroque Culture and Spirit: Handel, Bach, and their Contemporaries
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This course looks at the relationship between the towering spiritual and cultural achievements of the Baroque era and the great composers of the time. Johan Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel (both born in 1685) represent the pinnacle of Baroque art. From Bach, we are bequeathed secular masterpieces of intensity, poetry, intellectual rigor, such as the "Brandenburg" concertos -- and breathtaking spiritual achievements such as the St. Matthew Passion. Handel's art, much more ostentatiously grandiose and yet remarkably direct and communicative, is represented by orchestral concertos and his inimitable oratorios. They and contemporaries such as Scarlatti and Vivaldi offer a fascinating, comprehensive panorama of an era.
Apr 02, 2019 to May 21, 2019 T 10:00am-12:30pm
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The period from 1840 (Tchaikovsky’s birth) to World War I saw a seismic shift in the agendas and techniques of Romantic composers. The early Romantic generation of Chopin and Mendelssohn had used modest means -- piano solos, lieder, and intimate chamber music -- as a platform for introspective, often quirky, personal expression. Their successors employed far grander means -- opera, ballet, large-scale symphonic works -- for more public, even political expression. Whether obsessed with imperial, nationalistic, or purely philosophical themes, these composers-Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Strauss, Mahler, Bruckner, and others-were as revolutionary as any who came before them.
Apr 04, 2019 to May 23, 2019 Th 10:00am-12:30pm
History of Western Music
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race the evolution of Western music from the medieval era through the 20th century through a lively mix of piano demonstrations, CD and DVD recordings, lectures, and analysis. Different elements such as harmony, rhythm, and melody will be explained and examined in representative masterpieces drawn from various eras, genres, and styles including Gregorian chant, Renaissance masses, and works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Igor Stravinsky, and others. Music will be considered in historical context. Music literary is not required.
Apr 13, 2019 to Apr 13, 2019 Sa 10:00am-4:00pm
The Heroic Beethoven and the Birth of Musical Romanticism
Beethoven's middle period works (the heroic Beethoven) comprise the single most influential repertory in the history of Western music. The "Eroica" symphony, the mighty Fifth, the "Emperor" piano concerto and other works permanently established the model of artist as hero, artist as liberator, artist as sacrifice. The Romanticism of Schumann, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Mahler, and the contemporary image of musical genius is unthinkable without Beethoven's achievement. This course contextualizes these great works and assesses their impact on the course of music history.
Jun 25, 2019 to Aug 13, 2019 T 10:00am-12:30pm
A History of Piano Music and Concertos from Bach to the Present
With its huge and varied repertory, the piano is a unique microcosm of Western music. This course offers an historical survey of the genre, from the Baroque suite to the modern étude and concerto. Acknowledged masterworks from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Rachmaninov are presented, along with great but lesser known works from the French, Spanish, and Eastern European traditions. The course concludes with a look at contemporary styles and trends in piano composition.
Jun 27, 2019 to Aug 22, 2019 Th 10:00am-12:30pm
Masterpieces that Changed the World
This daylong seminar examines musical masterpieces that transformed western music and will include compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Wagner, Debussy, and others. Works are explored in terms of cultural context and influence, and will be presented via live performance, CD, and DVD. Pieces will include Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,
Jul 27, 2019 to Jul 27, 2019 Sa 10:00am-4:00pm