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Choir singing

The Joy of Choral Music (4 weeks)

10:00 - 11:30 am Wednesdays from 28 April 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

From Handel’s Messiah to Orff’s Carmina Burana, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. This course provides a guide to understanding and enjoying Western choral music, with a look at its history and its most common forms, including the Mass, the Requiem, the oratorio and the cantata. For beginners and experienced listeners alike.
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portrait of Vivaldi

Eight More Great Composers (8 weeks)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 28 April 2021
Online via Zoom, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney

Why is the music of some composers so wonderful? What makes some composers more famous than others? In this music appreciation course, we will examine the biographical details, historical and social background, musical styles and great works of eight more composers. We will explore the lives and music of Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Verdi, Rachmaninov, Elgar, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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French horn

Understanding the Orchestra (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 1 May 2021
Centre for Continuing Education, 160 Missenden Rd Newtown

The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. This course explores the instruments of the orchestra and the variety of sounds they can achieve, and examines the growth and development of the symphony orchestra. We also explore the kind of music written for the orchestra, by examining some of the greatest composers and compositions of all time. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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The Sonata painting

What is a Sonata? (1 evening)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday 21 May 2021
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

A sonata is a piece for only one or two instruments: and for that reason, is one of the most intimate and personal forms of classical music. The contrasting movements provide wonderful variety of mood and expression. Join as as we explore how this wonderful genre works, and sample the sonatas as of such great composers as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Brahms. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Baroque architecture

Music of the Baroque Period (4 weeks)

10:00 - 11:30 am Wednesdays from 2 June 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

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.
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Chamber music

Understanding Chamber Music (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 5 June 2021
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

Chamber music is one of the most intimate forms of classical music. It combines the wealth and richness of classical music structures with the intimacy of being able to see each performer, and hear what each one is playing. This music appreciation course explores the structures and development of chamber music, and the great composers who contributed to it, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We will listen to some of the great pieces of chamber music, and explore what makes them wonderful. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music notes on a plate

Music Theory Taster (1 morning)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday 7 June 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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