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James Wyatt's Pantheon, London, built 1772

Music of the Classical Period (4 weeks)

10:00 am - 11:30 am Wednesdays from 14 July 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

Eighteenth century composers believed that music should be understood and 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 day examines the music of the classical period, its structures and forms, its historical and social context, and its principal composers. No prior musical knowledge is required.
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music notation

How Music Works (8 weeks)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 21 July 2021
Centre for Continuing Education, 160 Missenden Rd Newtown

Why are some piano keys white and some black? What does ‘A major’ actually mean? What is harmony, and how does it work? How do you read music? The answers to these questions hold the key to a deeper and more rewarding understanding of music. Designed for absolute beginners, and taught in a practical and down-to-earth way, this course explores and demystifies the inner workings of music. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Portrait of Mozart

Mozart (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 24 July 2021
Centre for Continuing Education, 160 Missenden Rd Newtown

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote some of the most-loved pieces in the classical repertoire, including the Clarinet Concerto, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, The Marriage of Figaro, and many others. Mozart’s life is a fascinating tale, from his beginnings as a child prodigy, through challenges and triumphs to fame and (sometimes) fortune. In this music appreciation course, we will examine the life and music of Mozart, richly illustrated with many musical examples, portraits, and readings from Mozart’s letters. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music notation

How to Read Music - sort of (1 morning)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday 16 August 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

Of course, no-one can learn to read music in a single session! But it is possible to explore how music notation works, and to discover how music notes, rhythms and expression are written on the page. This session provides a beginner’s guide to the basic principles of western music notation and score reading. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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Ludwig van Beethoven, 1820

The Legend of Beethoven (4 weeks)

10:00 am - 11:30 am Wednesdays from 18 August 2021
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music

For over two hundred years, Beethoven’s music has spoken to us and moved us in ways no previous composer had ever achieved. Born at a pivotal point in European social and musical history, he took the conventions of the classical period and moulded them into the beginnings of Romanticism in music. This one-day course will tell the tragic and inspiring story of Beethoven’s life, richly illustrated with pictures, readings, and the music of this great composer.
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Grand piano

The Piano (1 day)

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

Some of the most famous classical music of all time has been written for the piano. Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca, Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Chopin’s Nocturnes, and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata are just a few. Explore the development of the piano, considering its forerunners in the organ and the harpsichord, through to the instrument we know and love today. We will listen to some of the most beautiful and thrilling compositions for the piano, and discover the composers who helped to find the instrument’s voice. No musical knowledge (or piano skills) are necessary.
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