Part Two - Time capsules through the Musical Eras
A Continued journey through the Western Classical Music Repertoire
In Part One of Project 366, we launched a comprehensive look at the Classical Music repertoire through a series of thematic Listener Guides. So far, we have shared 122 of these, and launch in Part Two a second tranche of 122 guides following a long arc that will take us to the end of 2018.
Part One consisted of a series of chapters exploring different musical genres – from solo instrumental music, to Grand Opera and everything in between. In Part Two, we will start fresh, and intend to traverse the repertoire along a timeline that will feature musical eras, musical traditions and some of the great composers that marked these eras and traditions.
Layout of Part Two
500 years of Western Classical Music can be depicted along a simple timeline:
(Source: Hope of Detroit Music, http://hdamusic.com/archives/454)
There are four “great” classical music periods, which mirror the evolution of most art forms. The choice of the dates shown on the timeline is somewhat arbitrary; the dates 1600, 1750 and 1820 don’t represent anything specific or eventful as far as I can see. I view those as guide posts – call them timeposts – that allow us to provide a periodic context, nothing more. I will extend the Baroque to “the left” of the timeline by including renaissance and ancient music along with baroque under an “Early Music” era.
Each of the four main eras will be explored over several chapters, with a focus on four “significant” transitional and transformational figures: Johann Sebastian Bach (Early Music), Ludwig van Beethoven (classical), Peter Tchaikovsky (Romantic) and Igor Stravinsky (Modern) who will get chapters exclusively dedicated to them. We will meander more in the classical era, allowing us to showcase two of its significant architects – Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – to get significant airtime along with other contemporaries and pupils.
The final caveat I want to leave you with is that, though we will progress along the timeline methodically, I make no pretense to keep things in perfect chronological order (sometimes, music from other eras may intrude into some listener guides, for instance). I intend to keep to the spirit of this time-based approach, but not to the letter!
|Ealy Music Time capsules||123-133|
|Bach Gets my GOAT||134-143|
|Haydn, Mozart and the Classical Period|
|Time Capsules, Part 1||144-153|
|Time Capsules, Part 2||154-163|
|Time Capsules, Part 3||164-173|
|Beethoven Floats my BOAT||174-184|
|Time Capsules, Part 1||185-194|
|Time Capsules, Part 2||195-208|
|Time Capsules, Part 3||209-217|
|Contemporary Time Capsules||228-237|