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Women Composing Music

Throughout time women have been excluded from the world of professional music and especially composing. Those few who succeeded in the compositional world were marginalised, forbidden to write certain types of music and had their reputations questioned. This series looks at the lives of some female composers from the Medieval to the present day. COURSE OUTLINE At the beginning of the Baroque period 2 women established themselves as composers; one in Florence as part of the Medici... [More]
$162 Limited inc GST / $¤,146
Women Composing Music

<p>Throughout time women have been excluded from the world of professional music and especially composing. Those few who succeeded in the compositional world were marginalised, forbidden to write

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French Opera & More

From the second half of the nineteenth century, opera flourished in Paris, borne out by the works of Offenbach, Gounod, Bizet, Massenet and Saint-Saens. Subjects range from the drama of Faust to the light-hearted adventures of Orpheus in the Underworld to the tales of those femmes fatales, Dalila and Carmen. However, these composers did not write opera exclusively and from their pens flowed a wealth of other music. The combination of both will give us a rounded musical portrait.... [More]
$268 Limited inc GST / $¤,241
French Opera & More

<p>From the second half of the nineteenth century, opera flourished in Paris, borne out by the works of Offenbach, Gounod, Bizet, Massenet and Saint-Saens. Subjects range from the drama of Faust to

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Great Ballets: From Giselle to Balanchine

Explore some of the most colourful ballets and their music via outstanding modern DVD productions. Beginning with the great Romantic ballets ‘Giselle’, ‘Raymonda’ and ‘Manon’, we will then move to the eclectic Ballets Russes phenomenon with inspiration drawn from Spain, Denmark and Switzerland. From the later 20th century will be two Ashton ballets: Messager’s ‘Two Pigeons’ and Rachmaninoff’s ‘Rhapsody’, and Balanchine’s masterpiece ‘Jewels’ with music by Fauré, Stravinsky and... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $¤,205
Great Ballets: From Giselle to Balanchine

<p>Explore some of the most colourful ballets and their music via outstanding modern DVD productions. Beginning with the great Romantic ballets ‘Giselle’, ‘Raymonda’ and ‘Manon’, we will then move to

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The Genius of J. S. Bach

The composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. But he lived a quiet life, surrounded by the family he loved, and little-known in greater musical circles. This study day examines Bach’s life and music, illustrated by portraits, readings from his letters, and examples of his music. No musical knowledge is necessary. Session 1 Introduction What do we think... [More]
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The Genius of J. S. Bach

<p>The composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. But he lived a quiet

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The Beatles: The Solo Years

The Beatles were undoubtedly one of the greatest groups of all time, but their careers after the breakup were patchy, albeit with some moments of brilliance. We will track each of them through to now. COURSE OUTLINE The first four weeks will examine one Beatle per session. The final two weeks we will examine them collectively and linearly – for example taking 1970 for example what were each of the four of them doing that year, what was their musical output? The works of each of the... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $¤,170
The Beatles: The Solo Years

<p>The Beatles were undoubtedly one of the greatest groups of all time, but their careers after the breakup were patchy, albeit with some moments of brilliance. We will track each of them through to

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How to Read Music (sort of)

Of course, no-one can learn to read music in a single evening! But it is possible to explore how music notation works, and to discover how notes, rhythms and musical expression are written on the page. This session provides a beginner’s guide to the basic principles of western music notation and score reading. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. COURSE OUTLINE The origins of music notation How pitch is written: lines and spaces How rhythm is written How different instruments... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
How to Read Music (sort of)

<p>Of course, no-one can learn to read music in a single evening! But it is possible to explore how music notation works, and to discover how notes, rhythms and musical expression are written on the

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A Soul Music Sunday

Soul Music is the basis for much of our popular music today. Beginning in the Southern Church with Gospel music and on the Plantation with Field Songs of the American South, it was developed by early pioneers such as Ray Charles and James Brown and then crossed over to mainstream music in the 1950s and 60s. Explore, see and hear some great Soul Music; follow its development; and see how it has influenced modern R&B, Rap and Pop. Includes footage of rare performances just released... [More]
$96 Limited inc GST / $¤86
A Soul Music Sunday

<p>Soul Music is the basis for much of our popular music today. Beginning in the Southern Church with Gospel music and on the Plantation with Field Songs of the American South, it was developed by

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