The Joy of Choral Music

From Handel’s Messiah to Orff’s Carmina Burana, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. We sing in choirs for important occasions, for celebrations and mourning, and when we want to speak together with one voice. This music appreciation course provides a guide to understanding and enjoying Western choral music in all its glory, with a look at its most common forms, including the Mass, the Requiem, the oratorio and the cantata. We will also explore the history and development of choral music, from Medieval Gregorian chant to the haunting beauty of Arvo Pärt. For beginners and experienced listeners alike.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Session 1
    • An introduction to choral music
    • Choral voice types
    • Texture in choral music: How the voice types work together in four-part harmony
    • Choral music in the Middle Ages
    • Gregorian chant and the Medieval Modes
  • Session 2
    • Choral music in the Renaissance
    • The music of Palestrina
    • The Mass
    • Choral music in the Baroque Period
    • Vivaldi: Gloria
    • Bach: Mass in B minor, Matthew Passion
    • Handel: Messiah
  • Session 3
    • Choral music in the Classical Period
    • Mozart: Coronation Mass
    • Interlude: The Oratorio
    • Haydn: The Creation
    • Beethoven: Choral Symphony, Ode to Joy
    • Choral music in the Romantic Period
    • Mendelssohn: Elijah
    • Brahms: The German Requiem
  • Session 4
    • The Requiem
    • Mozart, Verdi and Faure Requiems
    • Choral music in the Twentieth Century
    • Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
    • Mahler: Symphony of a Thousand
    • Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
    • The choral music of Benjamin Britten
    • The Cantata
    • Orff: Carmina Burana
  • Music we will listen to includes:
    • Bach: Mass in B minor, Matthew Passion
    • Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass
    • Handel: Messiah
    • Part: Berliner Messe
    • Orff: Carmina Burana
    • Vivaldi: Gloria
    • Haydn: The Creation
    • The music of Palestrina
    • Beethoven: Choral Symphony, Ode to Joy
    • Brahms: The German Requiem
    • Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
    • Mahler: Symphony of a Thousand
    • Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
    • The choral music of Benjamin Britten
    • Faure: Requiem
    • Verdi: Requiem
    • Mendelssohn: Elijah
$125 Limited / $113

<p>From Handel’s <em>Messiah</em> to Orff’s <em>Carmina Burana</em>, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. We sing in choirs for important occasions, for celebrations and mourning, and

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13 Nov

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