Understanding Chamber Music

Chamber music is one of the most intimate forms of classical music. It combines the wealth and richness of classical music structures with the intimacy of being able to see each performer, and hear what each one is playing. This course explores the structures and development of chamber music, and the great composers who contributed to it, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We will listen to some of the great pieces of chamber music, and explore what makes them wonderful. No musical knowledge is necessary.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

COURSE OUTLINE

Session 1

  • What is chamber music?
  • What instruments play chamber music?
  • Some chamber music combinations
  • The structures and genres of chamber music
  • The Sonata
  • Haydn: String Quartet op. 33 no. 2, “The Joke”
  • Rondo form

Session 2

  • Baroque usic as chamber music
  • Ritornello form
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
  • Chamber music in the Classical period
  • Haydn: Father of the String Quartet
  • Haydn: String Quartet op.76 No.3 “Emperor”
  • The chamber music of Mozart
  • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
  • Mozart: String Quintet in E flat major K. 614
  • Sonata Form

Session 3

  • Mozart and Beethoven: Violin Sonatas
  • Beethoven's chamber music
  • Beethoven: Piano Trio op. 70, “Ghost”
  • Beethoven: The late string quartets
  • Chamber music in the Romantic period
  • Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, op. 65
  • Schumann: Piano Quintet
  • The chamber music of Schubert
  • Schubert: “The Trout” Piano Quintet
  • The chamber music of Brahms
  • Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, Piano Quartet Op. 60

Session 4

  • The chamber music of Tchaikovsky
  • The chamber music of Dvorak
  • Chamber music in the Twentieth Century
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F
  • Other composers: Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, Messiaen, Sculthorpe

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. List some great composers of chamber music
  2. List some specific examples of chamber music
  3. Describe some of the features of chamber music.
$125 Limited / $113

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05 Jun

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