Listening to Music





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This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.



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  • Rhythm
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Bass Patterns
  • Form

Course programme

Lecture 1 Introduction

Lecture 2 Introduction to Instruments and Musical Genres

Lecture 3 Rhythm: Fundamentals

Lecture 4 Rhythm: Jazz, Pop and Classical

Lecture 5 Melody: Notes, Scales, Nuts and Bolts

Lecture 6 Melody: Mozart and Wagner

Lecture 7 Harmony: Chords and How to Build ThemLecture 8Bass Patterns: Blues and Rock

Lecture 9 Sonata-Allegro Form: Mozart and Beethoven

Lecture 10 Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations

Lecture 11 Form: Rondo, Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations (cont.)

Lecture 12 Guest Conductor: Saybrook Orchestra

Lecture 13 Fugue: Bach, Bizet and Bernstein

Lecture 14 Ostinato Form in the Music of Purcell, Pachelbel, Elton John and Vitamin C

Lecture 15 Gregorian Chant and Music in the Sistine Chapel

Lecture 16 Baroque Music: The Vocal Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

Lecture 17 Mozart and His Operas

Lecture 18 Piano Music of Mozart and Beethoven

Lecture 19 Romantic Opera: Verdi's La Traviata, Bocelli, Pavarotti and Domingo

Lecture 20 The Colossal Symphony: Beethoven, Berlioz, Mahler and Shostakovich

Lecture 21 Musical Impressionism and Exoticism: Debussy, Ravel and Monet

Lecture 22 Modernism and Mahler

Lecture 23 Review of Musical Style

Listening to Music