Many people who are fond of classical music have little or no knowledge of how the music is constructed. In this course, we will learn some basic forms and how the master composers used and sometimes broke the "rules." Examples from the baroque and classical periods, popular and Broadway music will be analyzed as well as some 21st century pieces.
After studying piano and clarinet in Winnipeg, Ted McIrvine (McIrvine@aol.com) chose to get a doctorate in theoretical physics. In retirement, his arts column appeared each Sunday from 2001 to 2009 in the Hendersonville Times-News. Since 2007, he has been a professional music critic for Classical Voice of North Carolina (cvnc.org).