The symphony is the backbone of orchestral music, and one of the most well-known and well-loved forms of classical music. But when, where, why and how did it evolve? On the surface the symphony appears to be merely a form of entertainment, but like all great art, it was, and is, much more. How did it reflect socio-political structure, culture and values, and how can it relate to our fast-paced 21st-century lives today?
In this seminar, we will delve into the evolution and development of the symphony, from the early days in the aristocratic 18th century, through the expressive Romantic 19th century, the soul-searching 20th century, to the present day. In essence, the symphony is a reflection of human life itself. As we listen to legendary recordings throughout the seminar, we will explore and discuss basic form and structure, the composer’s objectives, background and insight, as well as interpretation.
The seminar will open ears and enlighten minds to the possibilities and power of the symphony, resulting in a greater understanding, enjoyment … and love.
Learn more about the seminar in Rick’s blog post A Musical Microcosm of the World.
“A symphony must be like the world—it must embrace everything.”
– Gustav Mahler, 1907