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Osher (50+). In this course, we study the history of chamber music, beginning with the baroque period.
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Chamber music specifically denotes music written for a small instrumental ensemble and as an art form has played a vital role in the classical music tradition. Composers who have written chamber music often intended performances to be for a private or domestic setting. Moreover, this music is often written for the express pleasure of the musicians themselves. For these reasons, there is a great degree of intimacy and intellectual curiosity that oftentimes accompanies any engagement with this genre. In this course, we study the history of chamber music, starting from the baroque era and move through a variety of different pieces showcasing various ensembles. Each lecture involves an integrated discussion of history and culture in which we observe the musical works through careful listening, analysis, and observation.