Classical Style in Western Music 1750-1830

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    Mark Troop

    Mark Troop, pianist, broadcaster and writer, is the founder of The Chamber Music Company; a group devoted to creative performance of all types of music. Festival appearances: City of London, Warwick, and Norfolk and Norwich; Mark Troop with cellist Matthew Barley founded the CMC Summer Solstice, bringing together Classical and Jazz in a unique set up, creating “The Ronnie Scotts of Classical Music” (The Guardian). For BBC Radio 3 Mark Troop & CMC created a special three-part Latin American series relating the history and literature of Latin America to its music. Mark Troop has set up several British Council tours, to India (three times), Spain (twice) and Latin America, including concerts and educational work. Mark Troop has created two new London based events: the CMC Rare Music Series, which explores neglected Classical repertory, and The Latin American Roadshow, a new multi-arts Festival dedicated to the culture of Latin America. In spring 2006 he inaugurated his new Second Glance Festival in London, bringing four concerts of selected new music to a wider audience. The festival ran again in 2007 and will expand this year to include a linked 3 week tour of South Africa. Future events include a third Latin American Roadshow, a new interactive festival – The Far East Roadshow – inaugurating at Asia House in spring 2009, a special Chinese one day festival Inspired by China to be featured in the China Now Festival 2008, his cabaret show I’m a Stranger Here Myself currently touring Germany since being on the Edinburgh Fringe. In development: Jean-Henri Blumen’s The Dream Peddler; China’s greatest love story – Yang Guifei; Shanghai Cabaret Mark Troop taught at the Guildhall School of Music for two decades, and still teaches at Dartington International Summer School and St Paul’s Boys’ School. As a writer he has been published in Musical Opinion, Piano and Musical Performance.


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    Course Title: Classical Style in Western Music 1750-1830

    A Series of 6 lectures on the Classical Style in Western Music

    Credits: 1 credit of 15 contact hours.

    Course Instructor: Mark Troop

     Schedule of the Sessions:

    Lectures will be held on 1/7, 3/7, 5/7, 8/7 , 10/7 and 12/7  from 2.30p.m-5.30pm. on week days and from 10.00am.-1.00p.m. on Saturdays.

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    Who can register: 

    All students, teachers of music and members of the public are welcome to attend. Kindly register online through website  

    Lecture 1

    How CPE Bach killed his father

    The need for change – the Bach sons in revolt, and the formation of the Classical style.

    What is Classical style? What did they want, and why do we still want it?

    The cast of characters – Haydn the Peasant, Mozart the Divine Jester, Beethoven the Titan and Schubert the Reluctant Genius

    What did they create? Outlining the style – what is a symphony, a sonata, a string quartet, and is opera an early form of Bollywood?

    Lecture 2

    The Mannheim Rocket explodes and Papa Haydn picks up the pieces

    Symphony – setting the scene. How to control a mob – classical crowd control (Instruments – how the orchestra blends the diverse sounds)

    String Quartet – the perfect nuclear family (A mini orchestra in perfect balance)

    Divine Mozart creates havoc in the pub

     Piano – the sonata. Early jazz in the classical style (Piano history & development – how the piano defined they style – dynamics and middle class life)

    Piano concerto – into the circus arena

    Lecture 3

    Beethoven breaks the rules, and his piano

    Symphony, part 2

    Sonata – Beethoven starts thinking like an Indian…LvB and the Upanishads

    Quartet, part 2 – glimpses of Heaven

    Piano concerto – LvB creates the Beast, and tames it

    Lecture 4

     Mozart and Beethoven – classical show-offs

    Concerts become fun – the Classical Variety Show

    Concerto-piano quartet – public becomes private

    String Quintet – Mozart & Schubert (Brahms)

    Lecture 5

    Why Mozart couldn’t write songs, and Schubert couldn’t write opera

    …and Beethoven couldn’t write either

    Goethe starts a suicide cult

    Mozart is moody and Schubert positively depressed – the Lied

    Why Handel got too big, and 9 year old Mozart’s slimming cure – Opera

    Lecture 6

    The Classical Time Bomb

    How Schubert The Humble destroyed the style – without meaning to

    Classical achievements – what did the Glorious Revolution achieve?

    Schumann pays homage to Beethoven

    Did the style really change? Haydn and Wagner

    Brahms the Classicist – symphony, chamber, song, with a dash of wine and women…

    Course Coordinators– Ms Marise D Lima/ Ms Namita Fatorpekar


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