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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding types and elements of opera and orchestral music
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- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Opera and Orchestral Music chapter exam.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a opera and orchestral music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:
- Key parts of an opera
- Operatic singers' roles
- Opera buffa and seria
- Orchestral instrument sections
- History of the orchestra
1. What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts
Opera incorporates the elements of not only singing but acting, dancing, costuming and more! In this lesson, you will learn all about the key parts of opera and important opera terms.
2. Operatic Singers: Vocal Parts and Singer Roles
Operas tend to cast their performers according to their vocal ranges. Explore how each of these roles fits into the opera, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart
Opera is one of the most respected art forms in Western music, but there are several types of opera. Discover some of the well known opera genres, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles
Orchestral music is one of the most traditional forms of Western music. So, what is it? Explore the elements of the orchestra and orchestral music, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. Baritone: Definition & Vocal Range
In this lesson, you'll learn about the baritone voice type. You'll learn what an average baritone range looks like, and you'll also learn about the wide variety of music written for the baritone voice.
6. History of the Orchestra: Growth of Orchestral Music Throughout History
Orchestral music is one of the classical foundations of Western culture. In this lesson, you will explore the history and development of this art form, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
7. Bassoon: History & Facts
While not as famous as a clarinet or a tuba, the bassoon has had the greatest amount of sheer staying power in the modern orchestra, becoming important during the Renaissance and remaining relevant throughout the past centuries.
8. Bel Canto: Definition, Style & Technique
Bel canto is a style of singing as well as a type of opera. We will examine both uses of the term, how they are interrelated, and the role they play in today's opera performances.
9. Brass Family: Instruments, History & Facts
In this lesson, you'll learn about the brass family, what instruments belong to it, their history, and some fun facts. Afterward, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. Carmen the Opera: Synopsis, Music & Composer
The captivating music from the opera ''Carmen'' has delighted and inspired audiences for decades. This lesson explores the main plot points of this opera and explains why it wasn't always a crowd favorite.
11. Castrato: History & Singers
Artists are often forced to go to great lengths for their work, but few have went as far as the castrati. Castrated by force or by choice to preserve their pre-pubescent voices, these men had gave their whole being over to music.
12. Chamber Music: Definition, Instruments & Composers
Chamber music makes up a third of the trinity of European classical music: chamber music, sacred music, and theater music. This lesson will examine the developing role of chamber music, what it is, and who made it popular.
13. Chordophone Instruments: Definition & Examples
Chordophones are a group of instruments that use vibrating strings to produce sound. This lesson will examine the origins of the term and discuss the instruments.
14. Coloratura: Definition, Arias & Technique
Coloratura is a style of singing that involves fast moving passages, trills or runs. In this lesson you will learn what types of singers sing it, how they do it and where it is found in vocal music.
15. Composer Gioachino Rossini: Biography, Music, Operas & Style
Gioachino Rossini was a prolific Italian opera composer of the Romantic period. His music still fills concert halls and opera stages today. In this lesson we will learn about his life, music, and legacy.
16. Flute: History & Facts
People have been playing the flute for longer than they have been farmer, working metal, or even before humanity tamed animals. Learn more about one of the first musical instruments ever created.
17. German Opera: Composers, Singers & Music
Learn about the development of opera in Germany, musical styles throughout the centuries, and some of the important composers and performers in German opera from the 17th Century to today.
18. Giacomo Puccini: Biography, Music & Operas
In this lesson, you'll learn about Giacomo Puccini, one of the most famous composers of Italian opera. You'll learn about Puccini's musical style, as well as the kind of story he loved to tell in his lyrical, powerful works.
19. Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi: Biography, Operas & Facts
Composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) dominated Italian opera during the second half of the 19th century. Follow his rise to fame and learn about the important contributions he made to this enduring art form.
20. Handel's Messiah: History, Music & Analysis
Even if you don't know much about classical music, you have probably heard the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's oratorio Messiah. Many people think of this chorus as a Christmas song, but Handel didn't think it was. Find out why in this lesson.
21. Paul Hindemith: Biography & Music
Paul Hindemith was a great German composer, teacher, and violist of the 20th century who lived through tumultuous times. In this lesson we will examine his life, music, and legacy.
22. Porgy & Bess: Summary, Songs & Composer
This lesson is an introduction to an English language opera entitled ~'Porgy and Bess~', which was composed by George Gershwin. Considered a cutting- edge work for its time, ''Porgy and Bess'' was the first opera designed to showcase African-American opera singers.
23. Richard Wagner: Biography, Music & Operas
Richard Wagner (1813-1883) brought opera to a whole new level and even had a special theater built to house his productions. Trace his career, learn about his music and test your knowledge with a quiz.
24. Rigoletto: Synopsis, Composer & Music
In this lesson, you'll learn about Giuseppe Verdi's dark, gritty opera 'Rigoletto.' You'll learn about the themes and background of the story, and about the complex, tragic characters at its core.
25. The Magic Flute: Opera Summary, Characters & Composer
In this lesson, you'll read about an opera full of fantasy and adventure: Mozart's 'The Magic Flute.' You'll learn about the plot and characters in this magical story, as well as some of the cultural influences that shaped the opera's message.
26. The Mikado: Synopsis, Songs & Characters
What is a mikado and where is the town of Titipu? In this lesson, you'll find the answer to these questions while exploring a humorous romantic triangle involving a cast of characters with some rather silly names.
27. What Is a String Quartet? - Definition, Instruments & Arrangements
In this lesson you will learn about the instruments that make up a string quartet. You will also learn about the music a string quartet plays, including original music and arrangements.
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