Fresh Look: Rewind

The Symphony Exposed in five, fun lectures—available online now

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Enjoy the wit, wisdom, and wealth of knowledge of award-winning Instructor Scott Foglesong in this self-paced five-part online lecture series—all in the comfort of your own home!

Increase your enjoyment of classical music and all things orchestra as you explore questions like…

  • What does the conductor do besides wave the baton?
  • Why is Beethoven such a big deal?
  • What is the state of classical music today? Hint: It’s so much more than just “The Three Bs”—Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.

When: The purchase of one course grants one household 8-weeks of access to all 5 recorded classes as videos on-demand, available online. Each class runs approximately 75 mins.

Where: Online.

Who should purchase:  Anyone with an interest in learning more about classical music.

Cost: $30 per household for the 5-lecture series.

Course Outline

Class 1: Orchestras 101 | You Could Google it, or…

We’ll start by tackling a pressing question: just what does a conductor do, anyway? After we’ve shone some light on that issue (with the aid of many conductors and orchestras) we’ll explore the orchestra from its early days to the present, culminating in a trip through the orchestra’s sections and instruments.

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Class 2: Baroque & Classical Music | Coming into their Own

Classical music began to take shape in the Baroque Era (1600-1750) with masters such as Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, but it really came into its own with the Viennese Classical (later 18th century) with Haydn and Mozart. We’ll dive into music from both those eras (and maybe a little later), expanding to composers beyond the usual suspects, including those of African heritage and from Asia.

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Class 3: Beethoven | Shifting into High Gear

Beethoven not only expressed the spirit of an era—artistic, political, and personal—but also served as an inspiration and model to future generations of composers. We’ll start with him, then go on to explore some early 19th-century Romantics who followed his lead.

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Class 4: Composers | Political Animals

Beethoven’s influence continued well into the later 19th century, as composers created works that were both politically charged and imbued with the spirit of adventure and exploration. We’ll look at some late Romantics who, like Tchaikovsky and Mahler, brought folk music into their works, as well as Brahms, who summed up the century while simultaneously bringing about a rebirth of the symphony.

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Class 5: Music of Our Time | A Kaleidoscope

Beginning in the early 20th century and continuing to the present day, the music of the modern world offers a rich and multi-varied array of styles. We’ll begin with Claude Debussy and move through jazz-inspired composers such as George Gershwin, reaching the 21st century with works written within the past few years. Professor Scott Foglesong and California Symphony Music Director Donato Cabrera will close out the course with a discussion about the past, present, and future of orchestral music.

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