Not your typical music appreciation class! Moby Pearson (violinist, ensemble coach, and orchestra conductor) moves his musical explorations online. A brief overview of each topic is followed by comments and links to carefully selected, freely available, recordings. Listen to glorious music – from the Baroque to the Beatles and sometimes beyond. And pick up new musical perspectives along the way!
King of Choral Conductors
Robert Shaw’s work remains, to this day, the gold standard for choral repertory. Maestros Toscanini and Szell both handpicked him to be the choral conductor of their respective orchestras. Mr. Shaw’s choirs had a very special blend of sound and we will find out how he did it! Thankfully, he has left us a treasure trove of recordings and rehearsal videos from which to draw.
Music History 101, Part 1 (1400 – 1700)
The first in a series of programs walking through music’s timeline. We will start back in 1397 when the composer Guillaume DuFay was born, and leisurely work our way up to Bach and Handel, both born in the year 1685. It is fascinating to hear how music evolved over these three and a half centuries!
Music History 101, Part 2 (1700-1800)
The time around the early 1700s is an interesting mix of the old and new. The masters, Bach & Handel, were very much in their Baroque prime but the next generation was off to something different and experimental.
Music History 101, Part 3 (1700-1827) Beethoven
The incredible impact of an individual on the evolution of musical form
Music History 101, Part 4 – After Beethoven
The generation of composers after Beethoven takes on new and distinct styles.
Music History 101, part 5 – The early Romantics
Just a few words before we launch into the heart of Romantic music. There were generally two trends of composing during the 19th century: that of staying within a Classical structure while exploring new sounds and lush harmonies, and with a minimum of rocking the boat…
Music History 101, Part 6 – Late Romantic, Impressionism
Composers born in the late 1800s were going in all directions…
Music History 101, Part 7 – The Twentieth Century
Once we are in the heart of the 1900s pretty much anything goes.
It would be hard to attach any kind of ‘style’ to a particular composer. Rather each one attained a signature…