Are you visiting the world’s capital of classical music, Vienna, and you feel that it is a good opportunity to get in touch with the genre, deepen you understanding of it and experience something out of ordinary? You are in the right place! In a couple of hours you can get everything you need to listen to classical music with renewed ears, breaking the barrier which does not let you achieve an active quality music listening, while enriching your culture and preparing for concerts. Together we are going to discuss the greatest composers of the classical repertoire and in particular of the Viennese tradition, and you will learn about the styles, their origins and their cultural role and meaning; we are going to listen together to some important musical excerpts, pointing out what is important to notice and to be aware of. Our focus subjects will cover all the European musical tradition, from baroque to XX century's music, including of course Mozart's works, the Strauss family and the Viennese Walzer; I will answer your questions on the matter and teach you what you have always wondered about classical music, with the help of recordings and of my violin, when needed.
My name is Giacomo, I am an Italian classical violinist and music teacher. During and after my graduation in conservatory in Como I attended for years the history of music courses held by the well-known professor Alberto Batisti (one of the most important Italian music historians), where I learnt to look at music as a piece of culture, and experienced the communication of the joy and the wonder born by a greater understanding and immersion into it. I have been working for more than a year in the diffusion of a good and solid knowledge of classical music without demanding any base knowledge, both with singular and group meetings, teaching the history and how to listen with greater awareness and enjoyment. Music won't sound the same, after being enlightened by knowledge and understanding!
The audio system for our listening, my violin for live example when needed.
We are going to meet in a charming room of a typical Viennese old building (1870 ca) very close to the city center, in between St. Stephan's Cathedral and the Prater park. We will be surrounded by several string instruments and bows, part of Mr Josè Vazquez's collection (one of the largest in the world), which will empower the magical atmosphere that only the old Vienna can convey.