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Demystifying 20th Century Classical Music

20th century music can be difficult and demanding to listen to with musical concepts like the end of Romanticism, Atonalism, neo- Classicalism, Chance Music, Electronic Music, Minimalism and more. Each of these new musical ideas was a reaction by composers against the status quo. This series tries to demystify this music by putting it into a historical and sociological context, looking at the World Wars, the rise of Communism, Nazism and the Cold War. Understanding ‘how’ and ‘why’... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Demystifying 20th Century Classical Music

<p>20th century music can be difficult and demanding to listen to with musical concepts like the end of Romanticism, Atonalism, neo- Classicalism, Chance Music, Electronic Music, Minimalism and more.

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The Blues: Origins and Evolution

Beginning in the late 19th century in the Mississippi Delta, “The Blues” is the basis of Pop, Rock and Roll and Jazz. There will be CD and DVD giveaways each week and each student will receive a compilation CD covering the course highlights. COURSE OUTLINE The Origins of the Blues and Regional Blues Styles. Tonight, we will begin the course with the acoustic blues of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. We will explore the Mississippi Delta region. The class... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
The Blues: Origins and Evolution

<p>Beginning in the late 19th century in the Mississippi Delta, “The Blues” is the basis of Pop, Rock and Roll and Jazz. There will be CD and DVD giveaways each week and each student will receive a

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Baroque Masterpieces Reinterpreted: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel

Great masterpieces always invite exciting reinterpretations. This course will explore several such reinterpretations focusing on Vivaldi’s immortal ‘Four Seasons’ performed by Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud and interspersed with several of his own compositions, Bach’s St Matthew Passion on DVD directed by Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars – a performance which had the critics raving – and a DVD performance of Handel’s superb opera ‘Agrippina’ written for Venice, plus other... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Baroque Masterpieces Reinterpreted: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel

<p>Great masterpieces always invite exciting reinterpretations. This course will explore several such reinterpretations focusing on Vivaldi’s immortal ‘Four Seasons’ performed by Norwegian violinist

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Greatest Songs of All Time

Writing a great song is not easy. Most songs we hear on the radio are quickly forgotten, but some last forever. Examine some of the greatest songs ever written going back to the early 19th century, with a focus on the birth of the modern day pop song in the sixties and seventies. COURSE OUTLINE Review, listen to and discuss the greatest popular songs of all time. From Gershwin to Kanye. Where did the pop song start? What makes a great song? How has it changed over the decades in... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Greatest Songs of All Time

<p>Writing a great song is not easy. Most songs we hear on the radio are quickly forgotten, but some last forever. Examine some of the greatest songs ever written going back to the early 19th century,

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Musical Relationships: The Interplay of Form and Texture

Examine the interplay of repetition and contrast as well as the role of various elements, such as tonal schemes, rhythmic patterns, melodic contours, dynamics, timbres and more in shaping the listening experience. Each lecture will look at a (western classical) musical genre through several masterpieces, which will be analysed to highlight key stylistic principles pertaining to texture and structure. Examine the interplay of repetition and contrast as well as the role of various... [More]
$162 Limited inc GST / $146
Musical Relationships: The Interplay of Form and Texture

<p>Examine the interplay of repetition and contrast as well as the role of various elements, such as tonal schemes, rhythmic patterns, melodic contours, dynamics, timbres and more in shaping the

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The Magnificent Handel

“Handel is the greatest, ablest composer that ever lived” said Beethoven of the composer best-known for his choral music. In his own time Handel was known as a German who wrote Italian operas for English audiences. This music appreciation course examines the whole range of Handel’s music, as well as the highs and lows of his life and career. COURSE OUTLINE Session 1: Introduction, What do we think of when we think of Handel?, Handel’s place in history, Historical and social... [More]
$122 Limited inc GST / $110
The Magnificent Handel

<p>“Handel is the greatest, ablest composer that ever lived” said Beethoven of the composer best-known for his choral music. In his own time Handel was known as a German who wrote Italian operas for

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