How to listen to and understand Great Music

Posted: April 17, 2010 in media-culture
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Robert Greenberg e un nenea care preda la The Teaching Company. De ceva timp ascult una dintre prelegerile lui, publicate de compania de mai sus, numita How to listen to and understand Great Music.

Initial m-am gandit ca va fi un set de prelegeri greu de digerat, ele fiind impartite pe capitole in functie cronologica:

Ancient World and the Early Church
Middle Ages – Darkness, Change and Diversity
Introduction to Renaissance
The Renaissance Mass – Josquin des Prez, Palestrina, and the Counter Reformation
Secular Music in the late Renaissance and the Search for Expression – the Madrigal
Introduction to Baroque
Style Features of Baroque Music and a Bried Tutorial of Pitch, Melody & Texture
The High Baroque
The Rise of German Nationalism in Music
Baroque Opera
Baroque Sacred Music, The Oratorio
Baroque Sacred Music, The Lutheran Church Cantata
Baroque Instrumental Forms – Passacaglia
Ritornello Form and the Baroque Concerto
The Enlightment and an Introduction to Classical Era
The Viennese Classical Style, Homophony and the Cadence
Classical-Era Form – Theme and Variations
Classical-Era Form – Minuet and Trio: Baroque Antecedents
Classical-Era Form – Minuet and Trio II
Classical-Era Form – Sonata Allegro Form
Classical-Era Orchestral Genres – The Symphony – Music for Every Person
Classical-Era Orchestral Genres – The Concerto
Classical-Era Opera – The Development of Opera Buffa
Classical-Era Opera – Mozart and the Operatic Ensemble
The French Revolution and an Introduction to Beethoven
Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 in C Minor
Introduction to Romanticism
Formal Challenges and Solutions in Early Romantic Music – Miniatures: Lieder and Chopin
Formal Challenges and Solutions in Early Romantic Music – Berlioz
Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera – Bel Canto Opera
Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera – Giuseppe Verdi
Nineteenth-Century German Opera – Nationalism and Experimentation
Nineteenth-Century German Opera – Richard Wagner
The Concert Overture
Romantic Nationalism – Post 1848 Musical Nationalism
Russion Nationalism
The Early Twentieth Century and the Modernist Movement – An Introduction
Early Twentieth-Century Modernism – The Search for a New Musical Language – Debussy
Early Twentieth-Century Modernism – The Search for a New Musical Language – Stravinsky
Early Twentieth-Century Modernism – The Search for a New Musical Language – Schoenberg

Binenteles, sunt FOARTE MULTE, unele dintre prelegeri au cate 2 parti, si fiecare parte are cam 1 ora in total.

Binenteles, m-am oprit la Beethoven, my favorite. O sa citez putin din introducere, unde profesorul incearca sa demitizeze pe compozitor, incepand cu Chopin, Mozart si…Beethoven.

Idols don’t write music. PEOPLE write music. So, we should not worship as idols our composers, and neither should the music of these composers should be worshiped as super-human creation. There are few perfect works, and I would tell you fewer perfect composers. Composers are just people who describe what they see, hear and feel in musical terms. {…}  Let’s listen to the Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Opus 67

Well, let me tell you just a little about mister Beethoven. His appearance – not good, he had bad hair, perhaps the worst hair in the history of musical composition, he was short {…}  Beethoven wrote his most joifyl music when he was in his most dark moods. Music from 1802, when he was in the depths of his depression. Let’s ask ourself what is this music about: is it heroic? as symphony no5, is it grieving and unhappy…and if not, what is this music all about? :

[Symphony no.2, 4th movement] – primele acorduri

Well, this  music sounds kindda up bit, this doesn’t sound depressed, but it sounds kindda weird too, it is a strange theme for a symphonic movement. What an odd way to begin a symphonic movement. What could this music possibly be about? Well, I’ll tell you what it is about…

When Beethoven got depressed, and, boy, was he depressed? In 1802, his GI Tract would go bunkers. Belching, burping, gas, flatulante. You name it, he got it. He was a one man band, my friends. You would NOT go into an elevator with Beethoven in the fall of 1802.

What’s this movement about? It’s about his Gastro-Intestinal problems. It begins with a burp, or hiccup [canta la pian primele acorduri] followed by a rumble or a growl..aaah, Don’t blame the messenger! This is crude. But it’s true. Beethoven’s Symphony no.2, 4th movement, makes fun of  the physical problems he’s having as a result of his stress and depression…

Real people, real music. You’ll never listen to this movement the same ever again 😛 🙂

Imi place ca omul asta incearca sa ne aduca aproape de compozitori, de lumea muzicii, facand-o, cumva, accesibila, frumoasa, placuta sau, dimpotriva, nelegata, prost compusa, lenta sau prea rapida. Cursul incearca pana la urma sa formeze o cultura in domeniul asta si sa formeze capacitatea de a face judecati de valoare asupra muzicii, fie ca ne place sau nu, dar vom sti sa observam si exprimam coerent si corect _ce_ si _de ce_ ne place sau nu o compozitie.


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