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Learn music, film and television the smart way with Music, film and television courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

David Stratton Film Course: Alfred Hitchcock - The Last 25 Years

Film. Focus on cinema. David Stratton David Stratton was the director of the Sydney Film Festival from 1966-1983. He contributes film reviews to The Australian, and is the author of two books on Australian cinema: The Last New Wave and The Avocado Plantation. From 1981-2004 he presented films on SBS Television and was, with Margaret Pomeranz, co-host of The Movie Show from 1986-2004. In July 2004, Margaret and David moved to ABC television with their show, At The Movies, which... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Another Eight Great Composers

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Why does history remember some composers and not others? What is it about the music of some composers that continues to appeal to us? In this music appreciation course, we will examine the biographical details, historical and social backgrounds, musical styles and great works of composers. Composers include Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Puccini, Vaughan Williams and George Gershwin – eight more of the greatest composers of classical... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: How Do We Listen to Music?

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. In order to develop our listening skills to their fullest potential, it is necessary to think deeply about listening and our past experiences of music. A full understanding of the range of listening modes requires assessment of a wide variety of musical genres, and an understanding of ‘purpose’ that underlies every composition. Aims This course aims to provide a thorough survey of how we listen to music, supported by numerous examples from the... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Classical Genres

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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. The most common types of classical music will be explored, including symphony, concerto, sonata, suite, opera and oratorio. Each week will begin with a simple definition of... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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 musical context. You will be able to explore your own taste in music and learn how... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Eight Great Composers

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. What makes a composer ‘great’? Why does the work of some composers still resonate, delighting contemporary audiences? In this music appreciation course, we will examine biographical details, the historical and social backgrounds, musical styles and great works of eight composers. These include Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Ravel. Aims This course aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of classical... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: A History of Classical Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. How do the great composers fit into history? How are they influenced by their times, and how do they influence those who come afterwards? This music appreciation course explores the history of Western music, from medieval times to the 21st century, by linking musical examples to the arts and society of their times. Whether you are a long-term listener or a classical beginner, this course will provide a framework for understanding the music you love.... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: How Music Works

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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 workings of music. No musical knowledge is necessary. Outcomes By the end of this... [More]
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Great Composers Course: Beethoven

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. For two hundred years, Beethoven’s music has spoken to us and moved us in ways no previous composer had ever achieved. Born at a pivotal point in European social and musical history, Beethoven took the conventions of the Classical Period and moulded them into the beginnings of Romanticism in music. This music appreciation will tell the tragic and inspiring story of Beethoven’s life, richly illustrated with portraits, readings, and the music of this... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Chamber Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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. This music appreciation course explores the structures and development of chamber music and the great composers who contributed to it, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We will listen to some of the great pieces of... [More]
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