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How to Listen to Classical Music: Symphony 101

Jan. 25, 2011, 4:08 PM

Watch video of the class “Symphony 101,” held Jan. 20, 2011.

Giancarlo Guerrero, music director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony, leads an engaging and invigorating discussion about the elements and structure of the music of the symphony orchestra. What is a symphony? Maestro Guerrero will dissect the symphonic form exploring scherzo, minuet, theme and variation, and more. The great composers of symphonies and their works are also explored through their different approaches to the form and their unique and recognizable voices.

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  • Sylvia Westrup

    This was the best hour I have spent in a long while. Kudos to the Conductor. More!

  • Norma Clippard

    If you enjoyed this video and are interested in participating in the Osher program, please send me your name and address. I will be happy to include you in our spring mailing coming out soon!nNorma ClippardnDirector, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at

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