Listening to Music

S5/6 Music classes

Our listening course has now reached the Classical period. We have looked at music from 500 AD at the start of the Dark Ages, through the Music of the Medieval culminating in the fantastic pieces by Guillame de Machaut at the end of the period in 1400. The Renaissance brought significant change to music, both in sacred and secular music. The height of Renaissance sacred music is often thought to be that of Palestrina. Of course, the age of the Baroque highlights two superb exponents of Counterpoint and Harmony, namely J.S. Bach and G. Handel. In the Classical period, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven are “giants” but there are many other composers too.

Music changed out of all recognition in the years 500 to 1820, a spread of 1420 years – it is just not possible to sum it up in a few examples. If you are interested in music, you will keep learning and hearing new music for the rest of your lives. This is what is meant by “deepening your understanding” of music. And yet, we still have to study the music of the Romantic period and beyond to the present day.

If you have missed any “listening” classes since the start of term, many examples of audio, printed music, videos, images, concepts and text explanations are on the site at – look in the music courses section.

All the best…….

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