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Recorded | The History of Music with Don Dagenais

Previously recorded class.


You will be sent the link to a private playlist of all recorded sessions of this class.


YouTube Only Recording – Recorded Spring 2022 – You will receive a link to a private playlist

 This course will cover the history of music from its beginnings in ancient times through early forms of music such as Gregorian chant. The course will include some of the earliest composers of the medieval period up through the tremendous explosion of musical forms during the Renaissance.  We will talk about musical instruments, early forms of music, the gradual development of the orchestra, choral music and religious music. The course will continue with the creation and development of opera, the symphony, the concerto and other musical forms.

Among the composers we will encounter along the way will be Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume Dufay, Andrea and Giovanni Gabrielli, Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Giovanni Palestrina, Orlando Gibbons, Jean Baptiste Lully, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, Tomasso Albinoni, George Phillip Telemann, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and many others. We will also touch upon composers outside the “classical” tradition such as composers of jazz, ragtime and Broadway genres, although not rock music nor its various spinoffs.  We will conclude with music of the 21st century.

Instructor:  Don Dagenais is a longtime classical music and opera aficionado.  He has served on the boards of many local music organizations and has been president of most of them, including the Lyric Opera, Summerfest, Kansas City Symphony Alliance, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.   For over ten years he has chaired the Lyric Opera Guild opera travel program.  He is semi-retired as a real estate attorney from Lathrop Gage, and lives in Kansas City with his wife Patricia, also a classical music fan.  They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.


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