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Turner: Music Party at Petworth

Music of the Romantic Period (4 weeks)

10:00 am - 11:30 am Wednesdays from 6 October 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

“Who can do anything after Beethoven?” Composers in nineteenth century Europe had a daunting predecessor, but the music they wrote is some of the most beautiful and dramatic of all classical music. Examining the music of the Romantic period in its historical and social context, we look at the works of composers such as Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Concert hall

Classical Genres (8 weeks)

12:30 - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 6 October 2021
Online via Zoom, through the Centre for Continuing Education

Ever wondered what a symphony actually is? Can’t tell a suite from a sonata? This course is designed for classical music beginners who want to know how to better appreciate the music they listen to. Several common types of classical music will be explored, including symphony, concerto, sonata, suite, opera and oratorio. Each week will begin with a simple explanation, move into a deeper exploration of examples by great composers, and finish with guided listening through a full example. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky: Turmoil and Triumph (2 half days)

Over 2 half Saturdays, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm 16 and 23 October 2021
Centre for Continuing Education, The University of Sydney

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created some of the most well-loved music of the classical repertoire, including Swan Lake, the Nutcracker Suite and the 1812 Overture as well as his wonderful symphonies and concertos. Yet the composer was haunted by self-criticism and the criticism of others all his life. This course examines the troubled life of this great composer and the passionate, intense music which came from his struggle. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music notes on a plate

Music Theory: A Taster (1 morning)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Thursday 21 October 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

Have you ever wondered if you could understand more about how music works? This workshop allows you to dip your toe into the water of music theory, and discover the craft behind the magic of music. We will explore the basics of music’s inner workings, and discuss where to go next if you would like to learn more. No prior musical knowledge is required.
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Monet: Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, 1899

Music of the Impressionist Period (4 weeks)

10:00 am - 11:30 am Wednesdays from 10 November 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

The period from around 1880 to 1920, sometimes described as Impressionism, elicited some of the most beautiful and bewitching compositions of western music history. Composers such as Sibelius, Elgar, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel gave the world exotic and rich new sounds, in the last moments before many composers abandoned ‘normal’ music and went atonal. This study day examines the music of this period in its historical and social context. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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choir

The Joy of Choral Music (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 13 November 2021
WEA Sydney (venue tbc)

From Handel’s Messiah to Orff’s Carmina Burana, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. We sing in choirs for important occasions, for celebrations and mourning, and when we want to speak together with one voice. This course provides a guide to understanding and enjoying Western choral music in all its glory, with a look at its most common forms, and an exploration of the history and development of choral music. For beginners and experienced listeners alike.
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Guitar chord

How Chords Work (1 morning)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Thursday 18 November 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

Explore the theory and function of chords in music. We will discuss how chords work, how they are derived from scales, and what various chord symbols mean. Please note that this workshop will not include how to find the various chord shapes on a guitar or any other instrument. Instead we will explore the theory behind chords, what notes should be included, and how they function in chord progressions. You will receive a handout with a summary of the material covered. Guitarists, pianists, and anyone who is interested in the theory of chords, all welcome!
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