Centre for Continuing Education

Music in Paris Course: 1834-1842

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

This music appreciation course delves into an in-depth study of classical music in Paris in the nineteenth century. During this new course, Paris consolidates its position as the most important and exciting musical city in Europe, far outstripping the more provincial capitals of Vienna and Berlin.

This course is a continuation of a previous course in 19th Century Parisian music. Participants do not need to have attended Music in Paris: 1821-1836 in order to attend this course.

Aims

This course aims to explore a fascinating but often under-appreciated decade in music history, providing a wider understanding of the achievements of French orchestral music and opera of the period.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise and identify the characteristics of French Grand Opera
  • evaluate the influence of the imported Italian musical style on French comic opera
  • identify some of the radical innovations of Berlioz’s symphonic technique
  • recognise the effect of the lively Parisian salon culture on Chopin’s revolutionary style.

Content

This course covers the following topics:

  • Auber and Hérold at the Opéra-Comique
  • Bellini and Donizetti at the Théâtre-Italien
  • Meyerbeer and Halévy at the Paris Opéra
  • the great singers – Cornélie Falcon and Gilbert Duprez
  • Berlioz’s Requiem and 'Symphonie dramatique: Roméo et Juliette'
  • Chopin and George Sand.

Intended Audience

Suitable for previous attendees of Music in Beethoven’s Time with Robert Gay, or those with an interest in French music. It is not essential to have completed any previous Music Appreciation courses prior to attending this course.

Delivery Style

Presented as a series of informal lectures, illustrated with musical excerpts (played on CD).

Materials

A weekly worksheet including a comprehensive synopsis of material being presented will be provided in class.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • The teacher was exceptionally knowledgeable and extremely well prepared. Their teaching is informative and entertaining.
  • Another entertaining and informative course. I look forward eagerly to the next one
  • I enjoyed the way the tutor combined history with music, and the entertaining way the course was presented