The Course of Music

$1,550.00

Trace the history and evolution of classical music. In The Course of Music, we’ll take on such questions as, How and why did classical music start, and how did it develop and evolve over the centuries? How was it influenced by social, political and technological changes throughout history? No musical knowledge is required.

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LEADER

Rick Phillips
Rick spent 30 years in the Music Dept. of CBC Radio, 14 of them as the host and producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada. Now he’s a busy writer, reviewer, speaker, teacher, music tour host and a seminar leader at Toronto Pursuits for 20 years. Rick has always been fascinated by the evolution of classical music, its close links to socio/political events in history and the resulting reflections and predictions.

BOOKS

These readings are optional, not required.

Language of the Spirit: An Introduction to Classical Music by Jan Swafford
(Basic Books, 1st Edition, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978–0465097548

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music: An Indispensable Guide for Understanding and Enjoying Classical Music
by Jan Swafford
(Vintage, 1992)
ISBN-13: 978-0679728054


How and why did classical music start, and how did it develop and evolve over the centuries? How was it influenced by social, political and technological changes throughout history? What are the forms and structures, and why? What are major and minor keys and what’s the difference anyway? When did music notation start, and why are most of the tempo and expressive markings today in Italian? What does an orchestral conductor actually do, other than beat time? What’s the future of classical music, and can it survive in our modern world that seems to put more value on science, technology and profitability?

These are common questions that are valid and important today. In The Course of Music seminar, using classic recorded examples, our ears, and through discussion, we will trace the history and evolution of classical music, uncovering information, background and insight, and leading to greater understanding and enjoyment for all. You do not need to know how to read music to participate in this seminar.

Read more about the seminar in Rick’s blog post Everything You Wanted to Know About Music … But Were Afraid to Ask.

“Music must be made popular, not by debasing the art, but by elevating the people.” — Henry Cleveland, 1840

Toronto Pursuits 2024

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Additional information

Discount

Concert ticket, Not eligible for discount, Five times, With friend, Gift registration