Centre for Continuing Education

Exploring Music Course: Choral Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate.

Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney.

From Handel’s Messiah to Orff’s Carmina Burana, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. We use choirs for important occasions, for celebrations and mourning, and when we want to speak together with one voice.  

Aims

This course provides a guide to understanding and enjoying Western choral music, with a look at its history and its most common forms, including the Mass, the Requiem, the oratorio and the cantata. For beginners and experienced listeners alike.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, it is expected that participants will be able to:

  1. List some of the main periods of choral music and briefly describe them
  2. List some of the main choral music composers
  3. List some major choral works and describe their place in the history of choral music

Content

This classical music appreciation course covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to choral music
  • Soprano, alto, tenor and bass
  • How the voice types work together in four-part harmony
  • Texture in choral music
  • Gregorian chant and the Medieval Modes
  • Choral music in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • Choral music in the Baroque Period
  • Choral music in the Classical and Romantic Periods
  • Choral music in the twentieth century
  • The Oratorio
  • Masses and Requiems
  • The Cantata

Music we will listen to:

  • Bach: Mass in B minor, Matthew Passion
  • Mozart: Requiem, Coronation Mass
  • Handel: Messiah,
  • Orff: Carmina Burana
  • Vivaldi: Gloria
  • Haydn: The Creation
  • The music of Palestrina
  • Beethoven: Choral Symphony, Ode to Joy
  • Brahms: The German Requiem
  • Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
  • Mahler: Symphony of a Thousand
  • Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
  • The choral music of Benjamin Britten
  • Faure: Requiem
  • Verdi: Requiem
  • Mendelssohn: Elijah

Intended Audience

This course is designed for fans of classical music, beginners and experienced listeners alike. No prior musical knowledge is required.  

Delivery Style

Lecture

Prerequisites

None

Recommended Reading

None

Materials

Handout of printed notes  

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Certificate of completion
Exploring Music Course: Choral Music
University of Sydney (Venue TBA)
$129 inc GST

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