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The Story of Great Music

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  1. Introduction

    What You Need to Begin
    5 Steps
  2. The Renaissance and Baroque Eras
    1. Renaissance
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  3. 2. Early Baroque
    11 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  4. 3. Handel
    10 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  5. 4. Bach
    13 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  6. The Classical Era
    5. Haydn
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  7. 6. Mozart
    9 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  8. 7. Beethoven
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  9. The Romantic Era
    8. Early German Romantics
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  10. 9. French Romantics
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  11. 10. Masters of the Piano
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  12. 11. Romantic Opera
    9 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  13. 12. Brahms
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  14. 13. Romantic Nationalism
    10 Steps
  15. 14. Russian Romantics
    9 Steps
  16. The 20th Century
    15. French Impressionism
    6 Steps
  17. 16. Finland, England, & America
    5 Steps
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This lesson requires a good bit more listening than earlier lessons, so the journal assignment is designed to support your viewing of the performances of Handel’s Messiah. Here are some ways to keep the journal as you listen:

  • Simply make observations as you watch the performance, i.e., “When the entire choir enters at the 7 minute mark, it gives the piece a huge amount of energy”;
  • Periodically make note of instruments you can identify by name;
  • Note the passages where the lyrics (or captions) demonstrate an excellent combination of verbal meaning and musical artistry, i.e., “When the bass sings this part alone, it matches the loneliness of the character in the text”.