Classical music appreciation: the orchestral ouverture
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- What is the orchestral ouverture
- The birth, development and history of this genre
- How to listen to an ouverture depending on when it was composed
- Music appreciation on: Monteverdi, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Wagner and Prokofiev
- The course is accessible to anyone
Hello and welcome!
The orchestral ouverture belongs both to the opera and the concert hall; it is one of the most played and beloved genres, and his story covers more than 300 years of history and touches many, many great composers.
Ouvertures are everywhere in classical music and it is really worth investing time getting familiar with this genre and building a solid, in-depth understanding of it!
In this course we are going to learn about its birth, development and transformations through the centuries, discovering together and listening to several unforgettable pieces of music. How can we ever be sated of diving into this art and getting to touch its core?
Join and enjoy!
- All who want to broaden and deepen their knowledge and train their listening of the ouverture and orchestral music in general
One of the most famous pieces ever written, the ouverture to "Le Nozze di Figaro". We will listen to it and analyze it with fresh ears in order to understand the reasons behind Mozart's choices. In this lecture and the following one we talk about the first part of it.
The "Coriolan" ouverture was one of the first ouvertures by Beethoven which rose to fame after his death. It is a perfect example of Beethoven's style and a good way to introduce him as an author. In this lecture and the following one we take a look at it.
The "Sommernachstraum" ouverture is the masterpiece which first is explicitly meant to be played in symphonic concerts. It is an adventure which depicts and tells the Shakespearean comedy incredibly vividly. In this lecture and the following one we will take a look at the first part of it: the exposition.
Since Wagner is the last great composer starting his operas with an ouverture I spend a lecture giving some information about his conception of this genre and its role in how he sees musical theater. We listen to the ouverture to Lohengrin, a good example of wagnerian atmospheric ouverture.