This lecture series focuses on the very best of Western music, and as we progress through these lectures, the following are two important questions that we will seek to answer as we examine the various musical selections: What makes these works masterpieces? Why highlight these works?
These works share, for the most part, a common language, and were all composed to be listened to in the concert hall.
The works have stood the test of time - they remain popular and can be found annually on concert programs.
These works are loved not only by audiences, but have served as quintessential models for other composers as well.
These works stand up to repeated listenings - in fact, the more we study them, the more they seem to yield.
In addition, the course highlights relevant details of the lives of the great composers and aids in developing a knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Western music.
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Excellent and solid listen
- ESK "There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin"
A joyful tour through the history of the classics!
I recommend this book to everyone! It is complex enough for those who know music and simple enough for beginners.
The sound quality of the musical examples is not the best, but you should buy and listen to the complete recordings of the pieces after the lecture anyway, if you don't already have them.
Also, Prof. Lependorf is not a professional voice artist, that is clear. However, his love and enthusiasm for the subject shines through and his delivery is very relaxed and friendly. Prof. Lependorf gave new depth to pieces that I thought I knew well, and turned me on to others that I had neglected for one reason or another.
These are fascinating lectures that include both the technical music theory behind the pieces, as well as the human stories of the people that created them and just enough audio examples to demonstrate his points while enticing us to seek out the full recordings to hear more.
- michael "documentary filmmaker"