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IN-PERSON: The History of the Concerto - Great Conversations in Music   

**This class will be taught In-Person**

The concerto is a piece of music for orchestra and soloist or soloists. This course will explore the history of these fascinating musical conversations between larger and smaller musical forces. 

We will trace the history of the concerto from its beginnings in the time of Bach and Corelli through the ninteenth century and into our own time. We will learn how the musical gifts and personalities of the performers for whom the concertos were written affected the music. We will listen to recordings and have lively discussion. No previous musical experience is necessary.

Week 1. Vivaldi and Bach: the beginnings of the modern concerto

Week 2. Composer as concerto soloist: the piano concertos of Mozart

Week 3. Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann: the nineteenth-century concerto in the German-speaking world.

Week 4. From Russia with Love: Concertos by Tchaikowsky and Rachmaninov

Week 5. Elgar’s cello concerto and Britten’s Violin concerto: Two twentieth-century concertos for string instruments.

Week 6. Wet Ink: Concertos by living composers.

 
  • IN-PERSON: The History of the Concerto - Great Conversations in Music
  • Fee: $125.00
    Dates: 8/5/2024 - 9/16/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 6
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: John Prescott
    Seats Available: 23

    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    **Note that this class will skip September 2 for Labor Day.**

    The concerto is a piece of music for orchestra and soloist or soloists. This course will explore the history of these fascinating musical conversations between larger and smaller musical forces. 

    We will trace the history of the concerto from its beginnings in the time of Bach and Corelli through the ninteenth century and into our own time. We will learn how the musical gifts and personalities of the performers for whom the concertos were written affected the music. We will listen to recordings and have lively discussion. No previous musical experience is necessary.

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