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.

My purpose, basically, is to introduce great music with the purpose of helping you learn how to listen and thus be able to enjoy other pieces of music. There’s only so much you can cover with sessions once a month.

The next new lecture (currently held every four weeks) will be on April 30, 2022 at 7 pm Taipei time (GMT+8).

There’s also a separate series between the regular classes called Offbeats, where we’ll depart from the regular timeline 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: 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
  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
  8. 19 March– Schubert Piano Sonata in Am, D. 537 AND Chopin Ballade no. 1, op. 23
  9. 16 April– Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1 in C, op. 15 (this recording)
    1. 30 April: Offbeats no. 2 Debussy and Boulez
  10. 21 May– Beethoven String Quartet no. 1, op. 18 no. 1
  11. 4 June– Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat, op. 44
    1. 18 June: Offbeats no. 3- Barber and Lutosławski
  12. 16 July– Brahms String Sextet no. 1 in B flat, op. 18
  13. 6 Aug– A Beethoven symphony

Season 2

  1. Sept: Rachmaninoff
  2. Oct– Sibelius
  3. Nov- Ravel
  4. Dec- Elgar

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.