Romantic Images and Icons: The Generation of Chopin and Schumann
Jan
8
to Feb 26

Romantic Images and Icons: The Generation of Chopin and Schumann

Using Chopin and Schumann, as well as various contemporaries, as the basis for an examination of the Romantic generation, this class seeks to bring this most fascinating and unruly epoch into focus.  Beyond the context of the first half of the nineteenth century, this class also explores the continued resonance of this repertory today..

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Jan
10
to Feb 28

The Spirit of Classicism: Haydn, Mozart, and the Enlightenment

Pioneering a style of unparalleled versatility and expressiveness, Haydn, Mozart, and the early Beethoven created a musical repertory of elegance, wit, optimism, and logic that remains the benchmark of Western musical culture to this day. This class discusses the evolution and achievements of such genres as the Haydn symphonies and quartets, the Mozart concertos and operas, and the early Beethoven instrumental works in historical, social, and musical contexts.

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Film Music: Historical Survey (6 Weeks)
Feb
13
to Mar 20

Film Music: Historical Survey (6 Weeks)

Music in film, both specially composed and/or appropriated, often determines the character and emotional gravity of the greatest films. Spend a Saturday immersing yourself in some of the best movie scores with recordings, video, and expert commentary by John Gibbons.

6-week Wednesday afternoon class, starting February 13. Newberry Library. Get notified when registration opens.

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Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Beethoven: The Symphonies and Concertos

The Beethoven symphonies and concertos form the central core of Western Classical music; each of the nine symphonies and seven concertos comprise a separate world, from heroism and tragedy to the sublimity to brilliant elan. This seminar uses both archival and contemporary performances on CD and DVD to offer entertaining and illuminating perspectives, historical and social, on this perennially fascinating repertory.

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Twentieth Century Music
Feb
24
to Apr 13

Twentieth Century Music

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...

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Masterpieces That Changed the World
Jul
18
10:00 AM10:00

Masterpieces That Changed the World

  • Gleacher Center, University of Chicago (map)
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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. Syllabus

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Beethoven and Schubert: The Sonatas and Quartets
Jun
23
to Aug 11

Beethoven and Schubert: The Sonatas and Quartets

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

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The Great Virtuosos and the Romantic Concertos
Apr
2
to May 21

The Great Virtuosos and the Romantic Concertos

  • Gleacher Center, University of Chicago (map)
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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.

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Fin de Siècle Vienna and Berlin
Oct
2
to Nov 20

Fin de Siècle Vienna and Berlin

Vienna and Berlin constituted a veritable maelstrom of ideologies in the era following the Franco-Prussian War. From the café culture of Vienna to the cynicism of Brecht and Weill’s Berlin, these two cities represent the culmination—and, ultimately, the decadence and destruction—of an entire European culture. Syllabus | Register Online

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Shostakovich (1 day)
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Shostakovich (1 day)

A remarkable prodigy who lived during the dangerous political climate of the Stalinist era, Shostakovich crafted a paradoxical style where searing emotional intensity coexisted with politically motivated or mandated paradigms. This class will place his music in context with analysis, lecture, and listening, and personal, literary, and journalistic sources. Syllabus

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Late Beethoven Course
Apr
1
to May 27

Late Beethoven Course

In addition to the music itself, we will focus on the sociological, political, and philosophical interactions between Beethoven’s work and the turbulent events of his era, such as the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.

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