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Listening to Classical Music

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We aim to enhance our enjoyment of listening to classical music by finding out more about the lives of composers, the historical context in which they composed, musical instruments and how they are played, and the development of classical music forms. We undertake research before our meetings and share what we find as well as listening to music on CDs and other media.

We start our meetings with a short Radio 3 podcast from the series 'The story of music in 50 pieces' and then take turns to present a main topic of our choice. This past season we have had topics as diverse as: What is music?, The trumpet family, Saint-Saens, music for guitar, Russian music and film music, as well as enjoying programmes with no unifying theme. The leading member told us something about the music, and this led to some interesting discussions. We concluded our meetings with mystery pieces chosen by members. Our task was to identify the pieces (or, at least, to say something intelligent about them).

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