Music History



Camerata Pacifica Lecture Series

Revolutionary or Evolutionary?
Thursday, January 24, 2019
A product of the Enlightenment and of the French Revolution, Beethoven reached maturity as man and artist while the Napoleonic wars ravaged Europe. Invaded repeatedly by the French, Vienna was ultimately to suffer from within under repressive police rule. These regimes and epic, destabilizing conflicts created the modern world. How did they impact Beethoven’s view of society, his sense of self and his music? Today his music is so iconic it has lost much of its impact, but just how radical was it in his time, and how has his music influenced the composition and reception of that which followed?

Tonality, The Late Quartets, and Beyond … or not.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Composers favored certain keys for certain moods, most famously the driving and demonic C minor for Beethoven. Why is this the case, and why his rare and special use of, for instance, C# minor? How does the use of keys within movements help define their nature? When we come to Beethoven’s late music, why are quartets so hallowed and, indeed, just how forward-looking are they? “By the late years, an uncanny duality develops: On the one hand, the sense that Beethoven might do anything harmonically, that he would venture to the far ends of the musical earth; on the other, always there, rock-solid, the triads, the tonic and the dominant, the familiar landmarks of classical harmony.” –Jeremy Denk

The Romantic Hero
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Grounded in the objectively classical world of Mozart and Haydn, Beethoven flourished in the era of Goethe and Kant, emerging as the archetypal genius for Romantics, who declared the artist to be a world-shaking demigod and hero. Was this deification the first step in a stultification of the concert experience, resulting in the imperious reverence of the concert hall and the rigid canonization of the 18th and 19th-century masters? 250 years after his birth is part of Beethoven’s legacy a constriction of the concert experience that makes it harder for a contemporary audience to enjoy the music of today?


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CPL.03
Main Campus - Building A
Barrett Hall
TBD 4/4 - 4/4 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $30.00 View 77

Keyboard Concertos Survey, Part II
This class surveys the keyboard concerto repertoire from Baroque through 20th Century. Representative works include concertos by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Bartok, Prokoviev, Shostakovich and Gershwin. Lectures will include analysis of the music focusing on performance practices as demonstrated by recordings of the works.

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KCSII
Main Campus - Building A
113
Baltaian 3/19 - 5/28 Tu 09:30 AM - 11:45 AM $300.00 View 33

Myth and Music, Part II
Mythic tales have been part of the fabric of human existence for millennia. Consequently, for the past several centuries, composers stirred by these enthralling sagas, have created instrumental and vocal works inspired by these myths. Explore these wide ranging compositions which include oratorios, operas, ballets, symphonic and solo instrumental pieces by some of the greatest composers such as Monteverdi, Gluck, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Wagner, Strauss, Holst, Sibelius, Moussorgsky, Stravinsky and others.

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MMII
Main Campus - Building A
113
Mankerian 3/7 - 4/4 Th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM $150.00 View 45