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Music of the Baroque Period

1 day, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, University of Sydney, Newtown

Baroque architecture Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Four Seasons - the Baroque period has given us some of the most dramatic and beautiful compositions of music history. This study day unravels the rich complexity of Baroque music, providing insight into the works of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi and their contemporaries, in their social and historical context. Learn what makes Baroque music sound Baroque, and what the great composers were striving to achieve.
This course is the first of a series of four one-day music history courses. Over four separate days we explore the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionist periods. You may attend the courses in any order.
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Comments about this course

“Susan’s course was excellent. She has a vast knowledge of her subject and great illustrations, notes for students and musical concepts. I found this course very beneficial and have learned to appreciate this music so much more. Will return for more courses with Susan.”

"Very informative yet presented in a simple way that everyone can understand"

“Very well paced with a very personal presentation. Good use of example music and the power point additions were very helpful and interesting. Enjoyable and informative. Thank you!”

“Susan is an excellent, organised and knowledgeable lecturer. Her ability with the piano assists her lectures.”

"It was absolutely wonderful and very educational, I felt like I did not only attend a lecture, but a couple of concerts as well. Superb!"


Course Outline

Session 1

Social and historical background: Europe, 1600-1750
Musical genres of the Baroque period
Vivaldi, Bach and Handel

Session 2

Compositional techniques
Musical characteristics

Session 3

The suite
The concerto

Session 4

The birth of opera
Choral music and sacred forms

How to enrol

More about Susan Deas

Susan has been teaching adult music appreciation courses for over 10 years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education and WEA Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Music with a major in performance (piano) and musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and the A.Mus.A in Musicianship. She teaches piano and musicianship to adults and children, and performs on the piano and organ in various venues around Sydney.

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