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From Tallis to Tavener

Between Tallis and Tavener lie four centuries of music in Britain. They are peopled by composers whose works range from The Lark Ascending to The Planets, from Dido and Aeneas to Peter Grimes. They come from the pens of Purcell, Delius, Field, Elgar, Holst, Britten and others. Let us travel down the centuries considering the life and times of the musicians pausing in 1895 at the foundation of that great British institution, the Proms. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction to the course.... [More]
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An Evening with Chopin

Chopin’s music has delighted us for nearly two hundred years. Perhaps no other composer is so closely associated with the piano, which in his time was newly finding its voice. His too-short life had its own drama and turmoil, with his exile from Poland, his relationship with French authoress George Sand, and his battle with tuberculosis. Join us to spend an evening with this great composer, listening to his music and exploring his life. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. [More]
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Music of the Sea and Sky: From Vivaldi to Today

Explore music depicting the changing faces of the sea and sky, in concertos, symphonies, oratorios, operas, ballets and songs. Day, night, calm weather, storms, clouds, voyages, boat trips, beaches, coasts, and various religious associations are all set forth in this wonderfully evocative music, ranging from Vivaldi, through Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann, Fauré, Messager, Grieg, Wagner, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Milhaud and Henning... [More]
Music of the Sea and Sky: From Vivaldi to Today
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Remembering the Legendary BB King

On the two year anniversary of the death of the “King of the Blues”, come along and enjoy a celebration of B.B. King’s life and times and an unparalleled overview of his music. All participants will receive a special “BB King's Best” CD compiled from the tutor’s extensive collection. COURSE OUTLINE The Blues of BB King. An overview of King’s early life including his influences, time in Memphis, rise to fame on the Chitlin Circuit and his first (and very memorable) national TV... [More]
Remembering the Legendary BB King
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100 Years of Blues Music

“The Blues” is the basis of modern Pop, Rock and Roll and Jazz. This course will chart the development of Black Folk Music from its birth in the late nineteenth century Mississippi Delta through its many innovations and extensions. Discuss, listen and view rare performances by Blues greats in this short course. 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... [More]
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Revolution, Reaction and Musical Romanticism

Many of the ways in which we listen to music, behave in concert halls and treat our performers and composers were formed during the Romantic period. This series looks at how influential this period was in forming our modern musical experience as well as looking at the social history of the 19th century and its impact on the lives of both the listening public and the musicians. COURSE OUTLINE Why Romanticism –There are many difference in the 19th century from all other periods in... [More]
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Understanding the Concerto

Since the 17th century, the concerto has been one of the most popular genres of classical music, combining the virtuosity of a soloist with the power of an orchestra. This music appreciation day examines the structure and development of the concerto, with musical examples from such composers as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and others. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction to the Concerto: Definition and origins of the concerto, The Baroque Concerto: three types of concerto,... [More]
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"Rock 101": A Day with Garage and Surf Rock

The years between 1960 and 1968 produced an interesting brand of electric rock music. Garage bands began to form all over the USA and Australia producing a wide range of musical sounds from totally amateur (the Kingsmen), to novelty tunes (the Trashmen) to semi-polished professional music (the Ventures, The Easy Beats, the Beach Boys). Out of this interesting mix came the Surf craze on both sides of the Pacific. We will explore the Garage Craze and look at the various one hit... [More]
"Rock 101": A Day with Garage and Surf Rock
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