“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electric soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
~ Ludwig van Beethoven
I am just starting week 6 of this 8 week course ‘Introduction to Classical Music’ online and thought I would give a brief update here.
First of all it is a very intense course with around 16 content rich video lectures of varying lengths each week. So I am sure you can understand that I have not had much time for blogging! But I have to say all the work is well worth it. Craig Wright is able to convey so much information in a down to earth and interesting way, I don’t think it could be bettered. I have learnt so so much in this course so far.
He has taken us from the very beginnings of what music is and how and why we enjoy it, to what music is made from – rhythm, beat, metre, melody, structure, harmony; we have covered individual instruments to the makings of the symphony orchestra. And then we began the long journey from the start of notated music with Gregorian Chant in the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and currently we are studying the Romantic Period.
This last week we have studied the great (Greatest?) composer Ludwig van Beethoven, with detailed accounts of his life, work and an in depth look at a few of his pieces: The ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, Symphony No. 3 the ‘Eroica’, Symphony No. 5, and the final movement of the 9th Symphony, the famous ‘Ode to Joy’. I love how professor Wright includes fascinating tidbits like pictures of the composers homes, instruments and handwritten music to make their lives vivid to us all these years later.
Here is a taste of his sublime ‘Moonlight’ Sonata to inspire you to greater things. Enjoy!