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These are online music classes, taught using Zoom
Flutes are the earliest known identifiable musical instruments, with an incredibly rich history. Presented by flute soloist, orchestral musician and educator, Anne-elise Keefer, this virtual series will focus on periods of classical music from the baroque to the modern day, from a flutist’s perspective. Including demonstrations on a collection of historical flutes, hear the music of each period as it was meant to be heard. The final week will be a performance of flute music through the ages.
Sign up for the classes that interest you most, or enroll in the entire series of 6 for $180 (a saving of $45!)
|Week One: Baroque Period||Oct 20|
|Enjoy an entertaining and informative trip through the Baroque Era of Classical music. including the unique opportunity to hear live performances on a rare, 18th century flute. Enter a time tunnel, and hear the music of Bach, Telemann and Couperin, played as it was meant to be heard on the historical, one-keyed wooden flute of the period. Hear tales of intrigue and scandal about the fascinating musicians of the time, such as Frederick the Great of Prussia.|
|Week Two: Classical Viennese Period||Oct 27|
|With lively stories and performances for you on the actual flute of the time, you’ll be guided through this crucial period in the history of Western music, centred on Vienna. Through the clear tone of the classical, one-keyed wooden flute, you’ll be able to listen to works by such famous composers as C.P.E. Bach, Gluck, Haydn and Mozart, as they wanted it to be heard. You’ll be introduced to the radical new forms in which they wrote their music, while hearing amusing stories of their adventures and escapades.|
|Week Three: Early Romantic Period||Nov 3|
|Enjoy an introduction to the revolutionary music of the early Romantic period, at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. while experiencing live performances on a flute from 1810. Through the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn, and some fascinating stories about these characters, you’ll have a glimpse into this chaotic era. This class will give you the unique chance to hear this music played on the incredibly rare, 8 keyed wooden flute that immediately preceded the modern flute.|
|Week Four: Late Romantic Period||Nov 10|
|The flute was a very popular instrument at this time, and it had undergone major development in 1847, at the hands of Theobald Boehm. Anne-elise will perform live for you on a rare wooden flute from 1860, which highlights the many important changes in the newly reconfigured instrument. In this period before the advent of recording, amateur musicians loved to play themes from their favourite operas and symphonies. You’ll be able to hear musical selections by a variety of composers, including Boehm and Nicholson, who were closely involved in the modernization of the concert flute.|
|Week Five: Modern Period||Nov 17|
|The 20th and 21st centuries have seen enormous changes in the composition of music. After the upheaval of Wagner’s chromaticism in the late 1800’s, composers needed to develop whole new vocabularies of music. This week, you’ll have the opportunity to be introduced to some examples of the different choices made by modern classical composers. You’ll hear selections by Debussy, Piazzola, Jolivet and Berio, among others. There will be live performances on the modern concert flute, and its close relatives: the piccolo and the alto flute, as well as a brief showcase of ethnic flutes from other cultures.|
|Week Six: “ A Fleet of Flutes”||Nov 24|
|From the VSO School of Music’s beautiful Pyatt Hall, Anne-elise Keefer will present a delightful program of solo flute music from different eras, performed on the actual, historical instruments for which each piece was conceived. You will hear the music of Bach, Couperin, Mozart, and Beethoven on various wooden instruments, as well as some selections on a modern, golden concert flute that were inspired by Argentinian tango and Spanish flamenco. This concert will also give you the chance to hear the clear, bird-like tones of the piccolo, as well as the mellow richness of the alto flute.|