“If you want to feel young, go to a chamber music concert,” wrote Joseph Epstein, essayist and short-story writer. Chamber music provides an opportunity for the listener to share the intimate, intense communication of a small group of musicians performing masterpieces by great composers. Chamber music initially was written for 2 to 4 instruments, primarily with strings and sometimes keyboard. It was commissioned by patrons and performed in elegant settings such as homes or palaces. Beginning with Mozart, composers began to write chamber works for larger ensembles of up to 8 or more instruments to be performed in concert for paying audiences. The additional instruments provided an added dimension to the musical experience. Because few chamber ensembles have the required musicians for such works, they are less frequently performed and well known. Yet, many are among the most beloved masterpieces of both chamber and the entire classical music literature. Join us as we look at some of the composers, their chamber music oeuvre, and listen to several of these works, including one considered by many to be the greatest chamber works ever written. Participants will be encouraged to do research, make presentations and/or lead discussions. Note: This study group will run during the last seven weeks of the semester.
* NOTE: Participants may register for this study group alone or in combination with a second 7-week study group. Registering for up to two 7-week study groups counts as one study group choice on your membership package, but it must be done through the OLLI office. Please indicate your choice(s) on your registration form. 7-week study groups include the following: Fostering Civic Engagement through the Creative Arts II; Our Declaration; Make Powerful OLLI Presentations; Fiction Writing Workshop I or II; Strangers in Their Own Land; Chamber Music Masterpieces for Larger Ensembles.