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Understanding Chamber Music

9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday 28 October 2017, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney

Chamber music Chamber music is one of the most intimate forms of classical music. It combines the wealth and richness of classical music structures with the intimacy of being able to see each performer, and hear what each one is playing. This music appreciation course explores the structures and development of chamber music, and the great composers who contributed to it, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We will listen to some of the great pieces of chamber music, and explore what makes them wonderful. No musical knowledge is necessary.

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"Susan’s courses are excellent. She is very knowledgeable and presents her courses in an interesting format, with many musical examples and great illustrations"

"Susan is an excellent teacher – exuberant and knowledgeable about her topic"

"Your classes are always the richest of pickings. Thank you. You are able to deconstruct music without taking away its soul! Playing wokrs in an historical social and musical tradition deepens my understanding"

"Susan Deas never fails to entertain and inform"

"Susan is a great teacher. Uses a variety of media and activities to engage learners. Uses humour very well to keep us alert"

"The tutor is well organised so that the course flows seamlessly and more extensive than may be expected. She does her homework so you get much more than you anticipate. Thoroughly informative and enjoyable."

"Susan Deas is a fantastic presenter"

Course Outline

Topics we will explore

What is chamber music?
What instruments play chamber music?
The structures of chamber music
The rise of chamber music
Haydn: Father of the String Quartet
Chamber music of the Classical period
Beethoven’s chamber music
The chamber music of Schubert
Chamber music in the Romantic period
Chamber music in the Twentieth Century
Sonata Form
Theme and Variations
Rondo Form

Music we will listen to

Schubert: “The Trout” Piano Quintet
Haydn: String Quartet op.76 No.3 "Emperor"
Haydn: String Quartet op. 33 no. 2, "The Joke"
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
Mozart: String Quintet in E flat major K. 614
Mozart and Beethoven: Violin Sonatas
Beethoven: Piano Trio op. 70, "Ghost"
Beethoven: The late string quartets
Schumann: Piano Quintet
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, Piano Quartet Op. 60
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, op. 65
Ravel: String Quartet in F
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More about Susan Deas

Susan has been teaching adult music appreciation courses for over 10 years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education and WEA Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Music with a major in performance (piano) and musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and the A.Mus.A in Musicianship. She teaches piano and musicianship to adults and children, and performs on the piano and organ in various venues around Sydney.

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