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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsCATHERINE TACKLEY: Have you ever wondered what a conductor does? How do musicians work together to create complicated music that sounds like a single person or instrument playing?

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds [More Beethoven's 5th Symphony playing] CATHERINE TACKLEY: What do musicians have propped up on stands in from of them and how do they use it? What makes the lines and dots meaningful to musicians and allows them to create the sounds we call music?

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds [More Beethoven's 5th Symphony playing] CATHERINE TACKLEY: What does reading music mean? Why do some musician need printed music and some not?

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds [More Beethoven's 5th Symphony playing] CATHERINE TACKLEY: Music is a bit like a language. If you understand a little bit of the language of a country you visit you really get more from your trip. If you understand a little bit about how music works you will experience music in a different and more meaningful way.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds [More Beethoven's 5th Symphony playing] CATHERINE TACKLEY: Come behind the scenes with us to explore what musicians do in rehearsals and concerts. Understand more about how they use notation to create the performances that we all enjoy. Ultimately learn about how a conductor navigates the full orchestra scores of symphonies by composers like Mahler and Beethoven. [More Beethoven's 5th Symphony playing]

About the course

Would you like to know more about what musicians do in rehearsals and performances?

Would you like to learn different techniques for listening to and understanding music?

This free online course provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score, and insights into what professional musicians do with the notation that these contain. You’ll learn how to connect the notation you see with the music you hear, from short familiar melodies to a full orchestral score.

Focussing on works by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Mahler, we’ll introduce you to a pianist, a small chamber group and a conductor who will explain how they create memorable performances from the notes on the page.

Requirements

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in music. You do not need to be able to read musical notation or play an instrument.

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