History of Western Classical Music

Your chance to learn about Music History in a fun and engaging way. Covering subjects on Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century Music. Introducing historical styles in preparation for ABRSM style recognition including fun quiz’s, activities and shared content for viewing outside of lessons.

Week 2: 24 – 28 August

Session 1 – Monday 24 August: Introductory and Revision

Revise elements of music, harmony, rhythm, texture and form. Develop critical and analytical listening skills and vocabulary.

Suggested Illustrative Listening

  1. Bach: WTK 1 Prelude & Fugue D min BWV851
  2. Haydn: Piano Sonata Hob. Xvi-G1
  3. Liszt: Années de Pelerinage: Suisse – L’Orage
  4. Schoenberg: Piano Pieces Op 11:

Session 2 – Tuesday 25 August: Baroque Period

Highlighting elements of late Baroque style.
Homogeneity of rhythm, tempo and dynamics; Stepped Dynamics; Walking basses; Counterpoint; Ornamentation; as well as Dance Forms.

Suggested Illustrative Listening

  1. Rameau :  Allemande in E min from “Nouvelles Suites” 1728  
  2. Bach:  Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV1060  
  3. Handel: Fireworks Music – Overture 

Session 3 – Wednesday 26 August: Classical Period

Highlighting elements of Classical style.
Dynamic contrasts; Melodic and rhythmic contrasts; Clear melody and accompaniment texture; Regular 4-bar phrases; Alberti bass.

Suggested Illustrative Listening

  1. Mozart: Piano Sonata Kv310 in A min
  2. Haydn: Symphony No 100 “Military” Hobi:100  
  3. Beethoven: Wind Octet Op 103  

Session 4 – Thursday 27 August: Contemporary Period

Highlighting and contrasting elements of Romantic style.
Exaggerated dynamic contrasts and gestures; Extended melodic patterns; Wider intervals in melodies; Longer phrases – rubato; Chromatic ambiguous harmonies.

Suggested Illustrative Listening

  1. Chopin: Ballade No 1 in G min Op 23
  2. Elgar: Cello Concerto   
  3. Liszt: La Campanella  

Session 5 – Friday 28 August: Classical Period

Highlighting and contrasting elements of 20th century style.
Irregular rhythms and time signatures; Dissonance and non-traditional harmony; Greater interest and exploration of texture and colour as a structural device; Jazz elements; Modes and pentatonic scales.

Suggested Illustrative Listening

  1. Bartok: Mikrokosmos – 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm 
  2. Debussy: Dancers of Delphi – Preludes Bk 1  
  3. Gershwin: 3 Preludes

  • 10.00 – 10.30 everyday
  • Level or age: Year 5 upwards
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Own instrument required: No
  • Cost: £25 for all sessions
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 6

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