Classical music crash course at the Idler

New Year, new grasp of sonata form and retrograde inversion? I’m getting together with the Idler Academy in Notting Hill to present a crash course in classical music on Thursday 12th January. It’s aimed at intelligent adults who are looking for a way in to the greatness of classical music. I’ll be tackling four key areas of classical music:– Baroque, Classical, Romantic and twentieth-century – in the course of the evening, and focussing on a major work from each. And I’ve had fun picking these! :

JS Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C major (Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1)

Mozart: B flat String Quartet K458, “the Hunt”

Mahler: Symphony no 1 

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps/Rite of Spring

I’ll look at the cultural context in each case, analyse the music, illustrate some salient moments, and provide a glossary of key terms. This symposium will give you a clear understanding of the essential elements of music in each era; after it, you’ll be able to listen to music with fresh ears and greater understanding. Think of it as an overture to a Classic Discovery lecture series later in the year, which will explore classical music in more detail in a six-week course.

Classical Music Crash Course starts at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday evening 12 January 2012, at The Idler Academy, 81 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH. Tel: 0207 221 5908. It costs £30, including wine and nibbles. To book click here. And to ask me any questions about it – for example, “why on earth didn’t you choose Schoenberg’s Variations op 31?” – click here.