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CLASSICAL MUSIC – THEMES AND VARIATIONS III
With David Bouchier
Workshop Outline –Fall 2019
Wednesdays 12 – 1:15 pm in Wang Center Lecture Hall 1

Our classical music workshop this semester will begin on September 11. You should receive a confirmation of registration from the OLLI office.

This semester we will continue to explore the golden age of classical music from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. The aim is to make that tradition more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, with or without formal musical training. Topics will range from the rich musical traditions of Scandinavia and Russia, to spooky music for Halloween, and compositions inspired by nature, literature, and art.

The outline below is tentative, as always. It may change depending on the progress we make through the topics, your own suggestions, the exigencies of weather, university timetables, and life itself. Any changes will be reported by e-mail, both by the OLLI office and by me, so please check your mail regularly. You can reach me by e-mail at davidbouchier5@gmail.com Future session details and other messages will also be posted right here.

September 11: Introduction – The early history of classical music

September 18: Music from the Frozen North – Five Scandinavian composers

September 25: The Great Russian Romantics

October 2: The making of Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony (documentary film)

October 9: Sounds Intimate: the pleasures of chamber music

October 16: Music inspired by literature and art

October 23: Women in classical music

October 30: Music from the dark side for Halloween

November 6: Nature’s music: birds and bees, lakes and landscapes

November 13: The sound of the silver screen – movie music

November 20 (final session): Revolution: musical experiments in the twentieth century