Musical Tides: a series for adults dabbling in music

Musical Tides is a 12-week lecture course of live, online zoom classes open to any adults interested in learning about music - including parents of Conservatory students! Musical Tides Lecture Series will be 12 weeks on Fridays from 5:45-6:45PM, taught by our very own Dr. Elizabeth Grunin. Content includes the origins of Western Music, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, music theory geared for adult beginner to intermediate musicians, and the Romantic Era! Set sail on your own musical journey with other like-minded adults who love Classical Music. This interactive Zoom lecture series is designed just for adults. We hope you will join us this Spring!



Week 1-3: Beethoven and the Romantics

How do composers express the emotional turmoil of the 1800’s? How do they tell the passionate and intense stories with music? The Romantic period was a revolt against the order and balance of Papa Haydn. The young people wanted to let their hair down and yell into the void. Beethoven led the way with his passionate plea for joy in his final symphony. Let the luscious harmonies and melodies of Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Rossini, and many others sweep you off your feet.

Week 4-6: Late Romanticism and Nationalism

The late 19th century is characterized by the Victorian time period, nationalism, and social unrest. Composers like Verdi and Puccini wrote operas about poor artists in love and unique new cultures like Japan. Wagner was on a journey in search of a true German sound. Composers from Russia like Tchaikovsky and were taking European stages by storm with their lyrical and exotic melodies. Mahler was building philosophical worlds in his symphonies.

Week 7-9: the -Isms of the 20th Century

The world changed post World War I, and the music of the time reflected those changes. So many composers were seeking new sounds and voices for their self expression. Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Messien, Boulanger, are just some of the people who were fearless in their explorations. Let’s quell the fear of early 20th century music by understanding what they were trying to do.

Week 10-12: The Sound of the New World

American music awoke post World War I. Composers like Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and Leonard Bernstein arose swiftly to create the sound of America. These and other composers are who make the pantheon of American music today.