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Sunset at Sea, by Thomas Moran

Stories Without Words: The Magic of Programme Music (1 morning)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm Monday 29 April 2019
Northside Opera Study Group, 454 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Programme music is music which paints a picture or tells a story, without the aid of sung or spoken words. From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Gershwin’s An American in Paris, we explore a genre that has given us some marvellous thrill rides and emotional journeys. As Tchaikovsky put it, shouldn’t music “express those things for which there are not words, but which need to be expressed?” No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music Theory Classes for Adults

Music Theory Classes for Adults

Grades 1-2: Mondays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm from 6 May 2019 (8 weeks)
Susan Deas Music, Leichhardt

These intensive courses will take you through the grades of AMEB Musicianship, with added course material showing you how the theory applies to both classical and contemporary music. Learn the secrets of music, and how to use them. The courses provide an excellent background to the understanding of music for adults who are learning to sing or play a musical instrument, and lay foundations for future courses in higher grades. Learn new skills or refresh old ones.
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Classical concert hall

Classical Genres (8 weeks)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 8 May 2019
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

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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Photograph of the young Johannes Brahms

Romantic Brahms (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 11 May 2019
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

From his beginnings as a tavern piano player to his final appearance receiving ovations after every piece, Brahms was a man of contrasts. Never marrying but loving Clara Schumann all his life, writing in the late Romantic period but influenced by Classical composers, the unique beauty of his music can be grand and stirring, intimate and expressive, or bold and vibrant. This course examines the life and works of Brahms, in historical and social context, richly illustrated with music, paintings and photographs. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Wyatt's Pantheon, London, built 1772

An Evening in the Classical Period (1 evening)

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday 7 June 2019
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

What makes music of the Classical music so wonderful? Eighteenth century composers believed that music should be appreciated by all, regardless of class or education. Little wonder then that the music of this period, composed by such greats as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, is so popular. This lecture explores the music of the Classical period, what its composers were trying to achieve, and what gives it such great beauty and elegance.
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The Joy of Choral Music (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 22 June 2019
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

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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