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Music Workshop at Stony Brook

With David Bouchier
Workshop Outline – Fall 2020
Wednesdays 12 – 1:15 pm on Zoom

Our classical music workshop is now running online and is open to all OLLI members. If you register for this workshop specifically you should also receive a confirmation from the OLLI office.

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IMPORTANT: Please join each session promptly – the meetings will begin on time and will be closed at 12:15.

This semester we will continue to explore the musical landscape that we began to discover in previous workshops, the glorious age of classical music from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. The aim is to make that music more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. We will take a grand tour of Europe, from London and Paris to Prague and Venice, and even to the Americas, seeing the sights, meeting the composers, and hearing their music.

The outline below is tentative. It may change depending on the progress we make through the topics, your own suggestions, the exigencies of weather, Zoom, 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 on the “Music” page of my web site.

If you would like to know my opinions on subjects other than music, refer to this web page or to my Monday morning radio essays on 91.1 WSHU Public Radio. These can be heard at about 7.45 am each Monday on Morning Edition, and at www.wshu.org where you will also find a link to my podcast, ‘A Few Well Chosen Words.’

Outline of workshop topics and dates

September 9: Introduction – the Grand Tour begins in London
September 16: Paris and the music of France
September 23: Venice, Rome, and Italy
September 30: Salzburg and Vienna
October 7: Revolutionary from Bonn: Beethoven
October 14: The Musical Genius of Germany
October 21: Central Europe
October 28: Spain and the Sunny South
November 4: Norway, Sweden, and the frozen north
November 11: Moscow, St. Petersburg
November 18: Europe Comes to America

Recommended books: The Story of Music: from Babylon to the Beatles, by Howard Goodall (Pegasus Books 2013). This is an excellent general history for the non-specialist, and is also a TV series available on YouTube with musical examples.

The Classical Music Encyclopedia by Stanley Sadie (2014) – a useful reference book. There are many others including the NPR Guide to Classical Music.

Music excerpts for the first session September 9: The Grand Tour Begins in London

Henry Purcell: Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas and Trumpet Voluntary in C
John Gay: The Beggar’s Opera (excerpt)
Georg Frideric Handel: Messiah final chorus & The Water Music
Johann Christian Bach: Overture to “Amadis”
Franz Josef Haydn: String Quartet 54/3; Symphony #104 in D “London”; String Quarter 76/4 “Sunrise.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No 1 (composed in London 1764)
Edward Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations & Cello Concerto

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Wednesday, September 16: Paris and the Music of France

Gregorian Chant (9th – 11th centuries)
Josquin Desprez: Petite Camusette (about 1500)
Jean-Phillipe Rameau : Les Paladins (about 1760)
La Marseillaise (1798 – arr. Berlioz)
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1830 – excerpts)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 (second movement) 1829
Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka, op. 7 #1
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne No. 5 in E-Sharp
Jacques Offenbach: Can Can, from Orpheus in the Underworld (1858)
César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D (1886)
César Franck: Symphony in D (closing moments)
Camille Saint Saens: Symphony No. 3 in c (“Organ symphony”) Final Mvt. (1886)
Camille Saint Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a
Camille Saint Saens: Piano Concerto
Leo Delibes : The Flower Duet from Lakmé (1883)
Georges Bizet : Intermezzo from Carmen (1874)
Georges Bizet : Duet from The Pearl Fishers
Gabriel Fauré: In Paradisium (1888)
Claude Debussy : La Mer ; Prelude à l’après midi d’un faune (1905/1892)
Maurice Ravel : Bolero ; Daphnis & Chloe ; Introduction and allegro (1909 & later)
Eric Satie : Trois morceaux en forme de poire (circa 1920s)

Wednesday September 23: Venice, Rome, and Italy

Music selections

Giovanni Gabrielli (1555 – 1612) Canzona (song)
Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) excerpt from Orfeo and madrigal
Archangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713) gavotte from concerto grosso in E
Thomaso Albinoni (1671 – 1751) concerto (to be decided)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) excerpts from The Four Seasons and Peace on Earth
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) La Traviata and Rigoletto
Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936) The Birth of Venus from Four Botticelli Pictures

Music with an Italian inspiration

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1837) Symphony No. 4 in A “Italian”
Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869) Harold in Italy
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) Capriccio Italien
Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) In the South – Allasio

Wednesday, September 30: Vienna and Salzburg

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

String Quartet op.45 # 1 (1772) first movement
Symphony No. 92 “Oxford” (1790) selections from all movements
Symphony No. 45 “Farewell” (1772) final movement
String Quartet op. 76 #4 “Sunrise” (1798) third movement, minuet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Serenade No. 13 in G “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” K525
Leopold Mozart: selection from The Toy Symphony
Piano Concerto No. 24 in c K491 (2nd movement Larghetto)
The Magic Flute (selection) The Magic Flute: Papageno’s comic aria;
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C “Jupiter” K551 (First movt. Allegro vivace & final molto vivace)
The Marriage of Figaro (selection)
Ave verum corpus (motet K618) sung by choir of Kings College, Cambridge
Clarinet concerto in A K622 (second movement, adagio)
Don Giovanni: final scene

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

The Trout (lied) 1819
Erlkőnig (1815)
Symphony No 8 “Unfinished” (1822) second movement
Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
The Beautiful Blue Danube (1867)
Die Fledermaus (1874) overture

Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)

Symphony No. 4 in E – excerpt

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)

Symphony No. 5 adagietto