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Exploring Music Course: The Orchestra

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. So many different sounds from such a range of instruments, all working together, sometimes standing out in their individuality, sometimes blending together in one enormous force: this is one of the great joys of classical music. Aims This music... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: The Orchestra
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Music Appreciation Course: Classical Genres

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Ever wondered what a symphony actually is? Can’t tell a suite from a sonata? Love going to concerts, but not sure what to listen for? This course is designed for classical music beginners and long-term listeners who want to know how to better understand the music they listen to. Aims The most common types of classical music will be explored, including symphony, concerto,... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Classical Genres
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Exploring Music Course: Chamber Music

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Chamber music is one of the most intimate forms of classical music. It combines the wealth and richness of classical music structures with the intimacy of being able to see each performer, and hear what each one is playing. Aims This music appreciation course explores the structures and development of chamber music, and the great composers who contributed to it, including... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Chamber Music
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Music Course in Beethoven's Time Part IV: Immortal Beloved (1807-1812)

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Music in Beethoven’s Time seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. In Part IV, Beethoven is at the height of his powers, producing a string of masterpieces – including the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies and the Fifth Piano Concerto – over a comparatively short period of time. Still in his late thirties as the course begins, he has... [More]
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Music Course: Music in Beethoven's Time Part V: Beethoven and the Congress of Vienna 1812-1815

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Music in Beethoven’s Time seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. As we begin Part V, Europe enters the final stages of the Napoleonic conflict, with Bonaparte suffering major defeats in Russia and at the ‘Battle of Nations’, and Wellington defeating the French decisively in Spain. In Vienna, Beethoven’s hastily written ‘Battle... [More]
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Music Course: Music in Beethoven's Time Part VI: Beethoven and Schubert 1815-1820

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. This music course, focused on Music in Beethoven’s Time, seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. In this Music in Beethoven’s Time course Part VI, the Napoleonic Wars finally come to an end with the Battle of Waterloo and Europe attempts to return to the ‘status quo ante bellum’. In ‘Biedermeier’ Vienna, Beethoven embarks on an... [More]
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Music Course in Beethoven's Time Part VII: Composing for Posterity (1820-1824)

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. 'Music in Beethoven’s Time' seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. As we begin the penultimate section of this course, Beethoven enters the final stage of his epic struggle to gain control of the fortunes of his beloved nephew. He is also now profoundly deaf, and although composing fewer works, what he does compose breaks all... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Aims Interested in classical music but don’t know how to start? Been listening for a while but need some guidance? This course provides a framework for understanding classical music, examining the major periods of music history, the music of the great composers, and the main classical genres. Each week we will listen to some works and examine their historical, social and... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: How Music Works

Music. Open to everyone. Learn about Music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Why are some piano keys white and some black? What does ‘A major’ actually mean? What is harmony, and how does it work? How do you read music? The answers to these questions hold the key to a deeper and more rewarding understanding of music. Designed for absolute beginners, and taught in a practical and down-to-earth way, this course explores and demystifies the inner... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Choral Music

Music. Open to everyone. 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... [More]
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