Learning Module Four: An Intro to the Classical Era

By Mike Dee

Watch Mike's Video | Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Listening Example 1- Hadyn, String Quartet Op. 1 No. 1, mvmt. i

Listening Example 2- Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A Major, mvmt. i

Listening Example 3- Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," mvmt. iii

Activity One | Wednesday October 14, 2020

So far, Mike has told us about baroque and classical music. Which of these facts describe the baroque period, and which describes the classical period?

  1. Music of this period typically highlighted one solo instrument, with the rest of the ensemble serving as accompaniment.
  2. This period introduced us to chamber music.
  3. This period brought winds to a more prominent role in the orchestra, thanks to developments like the introduction of the clarinet.
  4. Orchestras in this period mostly consisted of string instruments.
  5. Baselines and harmonies in this period were demonstrated by the basso continuo.
Activity Two | Thursday, October 15

During the baroque period, music was ornate and detailed and it was written for the musician. During the classical period, composers began to compose not for the musician but for the audience to enjoy listening to.

If you were composing music today, which approach would you take? What approach do you think today’s songwriters take?

Activity Three | Friday, October 16, 2020

Next we will learn about the romantic period. Can you identify the two baroque, two classical, and two romantic pieces in this list?

1.Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prelude

2.Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” IV. Allegro con fuoco

3.Georg Philipp Telemann, Trumpet Concerto, I. Adagio

4.Antonio Salieri, Piano Concerto in C Major

5.Luigi Boccherini, Minuetto

6.Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, IV. March to the Scaffold