Listening to Classical Music

Course Description

This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.

Listening to Classical Music

About Professor Craig Wright
Craig Wright received the degree Bachelor of Music in piano and music history at the Eastman School of Music (1966) and a Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard (1972), and since 1973 has taught at Yale University where he is currently the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music. At Yale, Wright's courses include his perennially popular introductory course "Listening to Music" and his selective seminar "Exploring the Nature of Genius." During the summers he has led several Yale Alumni tours to France, Germany, and Italy. Among his six books are Music and Ceremony at Notre Dame of Paris (1989), Music in Western Civilization (2005), Listening to Music (6th edition, 2011), and Listening to Western Music (2007). He is presently at work on a volume entitled Mozart's Brain: Exploring the Nature o

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Video Lectures & Study Materials

Visit the official course website for more study materials:

# Lecture Play Lecture
1 Introduction (49:41) Play Video
2 Introduction to Instruments and Musical Genres (46:51) Play Video
3 Rhythm: Fundamentals (48:58) Play Video
4 Rhythm: Jazz, Pop and Classical (51:25) Play Video
5 Melody: Notes, Scales, Nuts and Bolts (48:35) Play Video
6 Melody: Mozart and Wagner (47:52) Play Video
7 Harmony: Chords and How to Build Them (50:14) Play Video
8 Bass Patterns: Blues and Rock (48:03) Play Video
9 Sonata-Allegro Form: Mozart and Beethoven (49:20) Play Video
10 Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations (52:56) Play Video
11 Form: Rondo, Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations (cont.) (49:47) Play Video
12 Guest Conductor: Saybrook Orchestra (49:37) Play Video
13 Fugue: Bach, Bizet and Bernstein (49:58) Play Video
14 Ostinato Form in the Music of Purcell, Pachelbel, Elton John and Vitamin C (50:05) Play Video
15 Gregorian Chant and Music in the Sistine Chapel (50:01) Play Video
16 Baroque Music: The Vocal Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (48:38) Play Video
17 Mozart and His Operas (51:39) Play Video
18 Piano Music of Mozart and Beethoven (49:56) Play Video
19 Romantic Opera: Verdi's La Traviata, Bocelli, Pavarotti and Domingo (52:40) Play Video
20 The Colossal Symphony: Beethoven, Berlioz, Mahler and Shostakovich (51:54) Play Video
21 Musical Impressionism and Exoticism: Debussy, Ravel and Monet (52:03) Play Video
22 Modernism and Mahler (49:24) Play Video
23 Review of Musical Style (47:10) Play Video


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