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Music Workshop at Stony Brook

OLLI Spring 2018
Classical Music – A Thousand Years of History
Wednesdays 10 – 11.15 am, beginning February 21 – room to be announced

This is a new day and time for the classical music workshop. The outline is tentative, as always, and may change depending on the progress we make through the topics, your own suggestions, the exigencies of weather, 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

The format this semester will be a review of musical history, and will therefore overlap occasionally with themes and topics we have covered in previous workshops. I will also repeat some material we missed in Fall 2017 due to audio-visual problems. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions for this semester. I have incorporated as many of them as I can.

Feb. 21: The Foundations of Classical Music: early church music to the Renaissance
Feb. 28: The astonishing Eighteenth Century: Vivaldi, the sonata, and the emergence of opera
March 7: The high Baroque – Handel and Bach
March 14: Spring break – no workshop
March 21: Viennese Classical Style – Haydn and Mozart
Mach 28: Musical Revolutionary – Beethoven and the romantic movement
April 4: Music, Literature and Art (April is National Poetry Month)
April 11: Love lives of the great composers
April 18: Music as a mirror of history
April 25: Music of the gods – the influence of classical mythology (OR Chamber Music)
May 2: Mentors and Muses – final meeting

Alternates: The Concerto; chamber music; orchestras and conductors; movies and video games; program music (that tells a story); Shakespeare’s music; great performers.