Fresh Look: Class 2—Preview the Music

Class 2: “So, when you say ‘classical’ you mean…?”

In Class 1 you learned the basics, and in Class 2 you’ll continue building upon the basics to discover different styles of orchestra music, how to tell them apart, and why it even matters. Here’s a sneak peek at the music you will hear during Class 2: “So, when you say ‘classical’ you mean…?”

CORELLI – CONCERTO GROSSO OP. 6 NO. 8, V

Here is Ton Koopman conducting Corelli’s Concerto Grosso. Last class, we learned about what a conductor really does up on the podium. In addition to paying attention to what the conductor is up to in the video, listen for themes or melodies that return multiple times.

JC BACH – SYMPHONY IN D MAJOR, OP. 18 NO. 6

Johann Christian Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, was considered to be an influence for Mozart. His Symphony in D Major is the Overture to “Amadis”, JC Bach’s French opera.

MOZART – SYMPHONY NO. 1

Mozart’s first symphony was written when he was only 8 years old. This performance is conducted by Johannes Klumpp, and just like in the Corelli piece and the JC Bach piece, this composition has repeating motifs and larger sections. Watch how the conductor emphasizes the style changes at each section.

HAYDN – SYMPHONY NO. 104

Haydn’s last symphony, also known as the London symphony, was first performed in 1795 and Classic FM ranked it #12 in greatness of all of Haydn’s 104 symphonies. This conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, doesn’t use a baton and sometimes looks like he is waving ‘hello’ to his orchestra.


The California Symphony presents FRESH LOOK: THE SYMPHONY EXPOSED at the Walnut Creek Library in Walnut Creek starting on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 for the full 4 classes, which is later redeemable for any first purchase of an adult-priced concert ticket in the 19/20 season.

 
 

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