Zoom Lectures

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I have written about music as an amateur for years, but in a unique time like this, there’s a different sort of opportunity to introduce and share music, so I’ve begun preparing a sort of program to introduce famous pieces throughout history. I’ll talk for a bit, then walk you through a piece of music with the hope that you’ll appreciate it more than if you’d just listened on your own. It’s not as scary or difficult to enjoy classical music as you think it is, nor is it only for a select few.

The next new lecture (currently held every four weeks) will be on February 5, 2022 at 7 pm Taipei time (GMT+8). It’s a trial run of the Off Beats idea I have, as described below.

I’m also considering doing (as in, I’ll most likely do) a separate series between the below classes called Offbeats, where we’ll depart from the timeline of classical music and do fun things like compare seemingly wildly different pieces, just listen rather than score read: an off-the-beaten-path, whatever-comes-to-mind type thing. Does this interest you? Email me to let me know.

You’ll need the relevant Zoom info to join the sessions, which you can get by contacting me.

The List

  1. The Importance of Structure (Beethoven Symphony no. 5)
  2. What is Harmony? (Bach Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846-7; Mozart piano sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330)
  3. If It Ain’t Baroque: moving into the Classical Era (Haydn Symphony no. 88) 
  4. 27 November– It’s Personal: The String Quartet (Haydn String Quartet no. 23 in Fm, op. 20 no 5) 
  5. 1 January, 2022– Mozart Piano Concerto no. 9 in E flat, K. 271 (recording)
  6. 22 January– Beethoven piano trio no. 1 in E flat, op. 1 no. 1
    1. 5 February- First Offbeats session: Two short pieces for string quartet
  7. 19 February– Beethoven piano sonata no. 1 in Fm, op. 2 no. 1 (performed by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet)
    1. 5 March– Second Offbeats session?
  8. 19 March– Schubert Piano Sonata in Am, D. 537 (recording) AND Chopin Ballade no. 1, op. 23 (recording)
  9. 16 April– Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1 in C, op. 15 (this recording)
  10. 14 May– A Mozart string quartet
  11. 11 June– A Beethoven string quartet
  12. 9 July– A Schumann chamber piece
  13. Aug– A Brahms chamber piece
  14. Sept– A Beethoven symphony
  15. Oct

Schedule subject to change with as much notice as I manage. If you’d like to know about upcoming sessions or want to request one at a specific time, please send an email to let me know. I’m also more than happy to repeat previous lessons if there is enough interest.