This week's lesson was on Classical Classical Music. Nope, no typo there. The era in Classical history is called the Classical Era. I played Bach's Prelude again, then Mozart's Twinkle-Twinkle. What was the difference? Like the Renaissance, it was back to melody. But the chordal structures and complexity of harmony was the foundation behind the elegant melodies of the Classical Era. I told you a bit about Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the three greats of that time. I played a few measures of "Moonlight Sonata" (poorly, but you got the point.) It's moody and full of angst. Beethoven would bridge us to the next era called "Romantic." But we talked more about Classical first. Classic means "of lasting worth." The music from this time has never gone out of style and never will. It is what many fans of music consider the height of this genre. Socially, that time period saw the start of public concerts and subscription tickets, so that all people could enjoy classical music, not just the church and rich people. Orchestras got bigger and had conductors which led to more interesting symphonies that could use dramatic tempos and dynamics and tone color. You guys sang Twinkle-twinkle with no help from me. It started oddly, you all sang it well and then ended a little off. Then I conducted all of you and we changed tempos and dynamics throughout the little piece because you were following a leader- the conductor. We listened to Mozart's 40th (first movement), but I also sent you an email with this version:
a remix of Mozart's 40th. The theme we're using comes about one minute in.
and then I played you this little gem:
Although some books put Rossini in with Romantics, his musical style is really Italian Classical (in case you care...)
Thank you to everyone in class! You all had your lyrics done (even if by the end of the day...)! This week you need to refine, edit, finish and tweak what you have. Too many syllables for a line? Too little? Is one line kinda cheesy? Are you planning on having the choir in two groups to sing it, and need to make those parts clear? I'm going to review everyone's lyrics and give some comments this week. My plan is to have some lyrics ready to start learning. It's a lot to learn, so there's no need to have everyone's lyrics final by this Friday. Be sure your music matches the MEDLEY version of your music, not the individual file on the cd. See you Friday!