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    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What makes Bach 'great'?

    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What makes Bach 'great'?

    Welcome to Classical Uncovered – a podcast designed to demystify corners of the classical music world.

    All areas of human endeavor have their special terms which are normal and natural to those in the know. But for those unfamiliar with that language, it can appear strange or even alienating. Classical music is no different.

    Over 10 episodes, classical music expert Graham Abbott breaks down the concepts and terms used in classical music, with the aim of helping you better understand and enjoy your music experiences.

    In the previous episode, Graham spoke about the idea of a composer or a piece of music being "great", and the habit we sometimes have in classical music of assuming there's an accepted canon of great composers or great works. Using this lens, we looked at one of the biggest names in classical music, Beethoven.

    In episode seven, we subject another of the really big names in European classical music to this scrutiny: Johann Sebastian Bach.

    • 13 min
    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is form?

    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is form?

    Welcome to Classical Uncovered – a podcast designed to demystify corners of the classical music world.

    All areas of human endeavor have their special terms which are normal and natural to those in the know. But for those unfamiliar with that language, it can appear strange or even alienating. Classical music is no different.

    Over 10 episodes, classical music expert Graham Abbott breaks down the concepts and terms used in classical music, with the aim of helping you better understand and enjoy your music experiences.

    Now don’t let the word “form” put you off. It’s just another way of talking about how composers structure their ideas and organise their music, and in a lot of European music of the past few centuries, there are a few forms, or musical templates, which have been used a great deal.

    Of course, we could spend hours on each one, but what follows is a summary which we hope will give you enough information to explore further on your own. Let’s see what we can discover.

    • 14 min
    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What makes Beethoven 'great'?

    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What makes Beethoven 'great'?

    Welcome to Classical Uncovered – a podcast designed to demystify corners of the classical music world.

    All areas of human endeavor have their special terms which are normal and natural to those in the know. But for those unfamiliar with that language, it can appear strange or even alienating. Classical music is no different.

    Over 10 episodes, classical music expert Graham Abbott breaks down the concepts and terms used in classical music, with the aim of helping you better understand and enjoy your music experiences.

    Episode six is the first of our composer-centric episodes, looking at some of the so called 'Great Composers'. But what makes these composers so 'great'?

    We start with one of the most famous names in classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven.

    • 14 min
    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is Chamber Music?

    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is Chamber Music?

    Welcome to Classical Uncovered – a podcast designed to demystify corners of the classical music world.

    All areas of human endeavor have their special terms which are normal and natural to those in the know. But for those unfamiliar with that language, it can appear strange or even alienating. Classical music is no different.

    Over 10 episodes, classical music expert Graham Abbott breaks down the concepts and terms used in classical music, with the aim of helping you better understand and enjoy your music experiences.

    The term ‘chamber music’ can be a barrier for some. In this episode, Graham dives into the descriptive terms used in chamber music, and hopefully removes some of those linguistic barriers. In doing so, he gets right to the core of a lot of the music presented at Melbourne Recital Centre.

    • 18 min
    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is Key? Part II

    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is Key? Part II

    Welcome to Classical Uncovered – a podcast designed to demystify corners of the classical music world.

    All areas of human endeavor have their special terms which are normal and natural to those in the know. But for those unfamiliar with that language, it can appear strange or even alienating. Classical music is no different.

    Over 10 episodes, classical music expert Graham Abbott breaks down the concepts and terms used in classical music, with the aim of helping you better understand and enjoy your music experiences.

    In episode three, Graham continues his two-part deep dive into key, looking at the differences between major and minor keys.

    Technical terms can be alienating when it comes to enjoying music. Musicians throw around terms like Sonata in D Major all the time. But what does that actually mean? Join Graham to find out.

    • 16 min
    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is Key? Part I

    Classical Uncovered with Graham Abbott: What is Key? Part I

    Welcome to Classical Uncovered – a podcast designed to demystify corners of the classical music world.

    All areas of human endeavor have their special terms which are normal and natural to those in the know. But for those unfamiliar with that language, it can appear strange or even alienating. Classical music is no different.

    Over 10 episodes, classical music expert Graham Abbott breaks down the concepts and terms used in classical music, with the aim of helping you better understand and enjoy your music experiences.

    In episode two, Graham explores one of the fundamental principles of European music, but one which can be a mystery to some. We’re talking of course, about key.

    Key is a term used all the time across all genres of music. But what exactly is it? Join us to find out!

    • 15 min

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