Classical Music 101 (Online)

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Taught by Kristy Barbacane

Kristy Barbacane received her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University and has taught at Barnard College and Fordham and Columbia Universities.  Her research interests include nineteenth-century France, music in Algeria and its diaspora, and the relationship between colonialism and music. Kristy spends her spare time playing flute, running in Central Park, and searching for the best patisserie in the city.

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*This is a live, online class via Zoom.*

This class explores the basics of classical music and dispels the myths and mystery surrounding this musical style.

We will discuss approaches to understanding the music and attending live (whether in person or virtual) concerts. We’ll start at the origins, breakdown terminology and performance protocols, and delve into a few popular works.

From Gregorian Chant, Bach, Beethoven, and into the twenty-first century, you’ll come away with the fundamentals to understanding and enjoying this long-standing art form. 

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