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Talk: Baroque and Beyond Part I
September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm£3.00 - £6.00
This is part of the Berwick Music Series 2022; you can find the full programme and buy a Series Pass by clicking here.
This lecture is the first of two that introduce to a general audience the Baroque musical style, its precursors and influences. No prior musical knowledge is assumed. The lectures will cover general background, history, context and cultural significance of the Baroque period, as well as taking a closer look at some key Baroque works, including those to be performed in the concerts. The course will be supported by audio and video examples. Attendance at the concerts, while desirable, is not essential as the course can be followed independently of the live performances.
Content of Lecture One: This lecture will focus on the early and middle Baroque musical styles (1600 – 1700) and the break in style from the Renaissance. Topics will include: the elements of Baroque style – vocal and instrumental forms, early opera, the Italian style. We will study and listen to works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, and others.