Composers Through Time: Bach and Beyond

Mondays | April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Instructor: Dr. Laure Struber

This six-week course at the Epiphany Music Academy is intended to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of how Western Music reflected – and sometimes shaped – Western History and Culture. Each week will focus on a major musical figure and explore how the societal and historical context affected each composer’s music, and how their musical innovations affected the cultural signature of their era. This course will cover the following lesson: Bach at the crossroads of European cultural ideas; Mozart at the Age of Enlightenment; Beethoven as the Composer as Hero in time of Revolution; the Age of Romantic piano and ideals: Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms; The Belle Epoque (Beautiful Epoque); and Music in Time of Crisis in the Twentieth-Century. Each lesson will provide historical background, unique facts about each composer, and in-depth analysis of major works from each musical style and composer. Students will emerge from this program with a deep and lasting understanding of the musical and cultural influences behind some of history’s greatest artistic minds.