An Evening in the Classical Period

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An Evening in the Classical Period

<p>What makes music of the Classical music so wonderful? Eighteenth century composers believed that music should be appreciated by all, regardless of class or education. Little wonder then that the

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What makes music of the Classical music so wonderful? Eighteenth century composers believed that music should be appreciated by all, regardless of class or education. Little wonder then that the music of this period, composed by such greats as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, is so popular. This lecture explores the music of the Classical period, what its composers were trying to achieve, and what gives it such great beauty and elegance.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • What makes music of the Classical period sound the way it does?
  • Social and historical background: Europe, 1750-1820
  • Musical genres of the Classical period
  • Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
  • Compositional techniques of the Classical period
  • Repetition and contrast
  • A love of order and structure
  • What is Sonata Form, and why is there so much of it?
  • Musical characteristics of the Classical period
  • Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto
  • Haydn’s Emperor String Quartet
  • Boccherini’s Minuet
  • Beethoven’s Pathetique Piano Sonata
  • and many more!