Monday, 11 May 2020

An Illustrated Theory of Music: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's new on-line resource

Academy of Ancient Music: An illustrated theory of Music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has launched a new on-line resource, an Illustrated Theory of Music, a series of short, informal videos created by musicians from the orchestra which are intended to animate the stories behind Western music theory. Topics to be covered will be broadly based on the Grade V music theory syllabus, but the structure of the series of videos will not be linear, the topics will zoom in and out on interesting and pivotal moments in music history, from intervals and ornamentation to the structure of the trio sonata, challenging the notion that history is a straightforward timeline with one right answer for everything. The material should be relevant to UK GCSE and A level music students and the American APs (Advanced Placement) equivalent level of education.

The first video, What are barlines? has already been released and it covers material as diverse as 12th and 16th century manuscripts, Lully and Bach, Stravinsky and Howard Skempton. All the videos will be available on the orchestra's YouTube channel.

(And apologies for managing to type entirely the wrong ensemble in the first version of the piece)

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