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History and Classical Music
July 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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This salon will dive into the history of classical music and be about history through classical music.
We go through the different periods of classical music, from the earliest ancient roots (which have more echoes in modern and contemporary music) through the Renaissance and Baroque to the Romantic and 20th century.
We also look at how music reflected the ages: from Medieval masses mirroring the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, to Haydn quartets reflecting the aristocratic courts of the late 18th century, to Mahler’s gigantic symphonies reflecting the chaotic cosmopolitan of late 19th-century Vienna.
Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise
Jeremy Nicholas, “A brief history of classical music”
Louis Andriessen, De Staat
Medieval & Renaissance:
Hildegard von Bingen, Canticles of Ecstasy
Guillaume Dufay, Missa L’Homme Armé
Carlo Gesualdo, “Moro, lasso”
Henry Purcell, “Dido’s Lament” from Dido & Aeneas
Handel, Music for the Royal Fireworks
Mozart, Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
Modest Mussorgsky, “Coronation Scene” from Boris Gudunov
Wagner, Prelude to Parsifal
Mahler, Symphony No. 3
Dvorak, String Quartet No. 12 “American”
Jean Sibelius, Finlandia
Claude Debussy, “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”
Modern & Contemporary:
Scott Perkins, “Quartet for the End of Time: A Prisoner of War Composition”
Igor Stravinsky, Rite of Spring
Aaron Copland, “Fanfare for the Common Man”
Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8
Benjamin Britten, War Requiem
Steve Reich, Different Trains
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