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

Music in Paris Course: 1834-1842

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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... [More]
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Music in Paris Course: 1841-1851

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. This course continues an in-depth study of classical music in Paris in the nineteenth century that began with the previous two courses. During this new course, Paris continues its reign as the most brilliant and exciting musical city in Europe, though Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin begin to challenge its supremacy.. Participants do not need to have attended Music in Paris: 1821-1836 and Music in Paris: 1834-1842 in order to attend this course. Aims... [More]
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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. This music course aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of classical music, by introducing you to the lives and music of some more of the greatest composers of all time: who they were, what they were trying to achieve, and what makes their music so wonderful. What makes a composer ‘great’? Why does the work of some composers still resonate, delighting contemporary audiences? In this series we look at Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Chopin,... [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. 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 musical context. You will be able to explore your own taste in music and learn... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Eight Great Composers

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. This music course aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of classical music, by introducing you to the lives and music of some of the greatest composers of all time. Classical music can be a source of great enjoyment and life enrichment. You can enhance your listening and gain a deeper appreciation by understanding the great composers, who they were, what they were trying to achieve, and what makes their music so wonderful. In this... [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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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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