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Ch 8: Opera and Orchestral Music

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Watch online video lessons and learn about operas, vocal parts, orchestral music and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Opera and Orchestral Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Operas and Orchestras may seem like something for rich, upper class people, but actually many non-rich, non-upper class people enjoy opera and orchestral music. This instrumental, classical music is often thought to be soothing and is used a lot by people who want to relax. It may not be music that makes it onto the popular music charts, but it has its own style that can draw you in and make you enjoy it just like any of those top hits. You'll learn more about these two types of music in this chapter. These lessons will tell you what an opera is and the elements of orchestral music. By the end of these lessons, you'll have learned about:

  • The key parts of an opera
  • The roles of operatic singers
  • The types of operas
  • The instrument sections in an orchestra
  • The history of orchestral music

Video Objective
What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts Examine the terms associated with operas while studying what the parts of an opera are.
Operatic Singers: Vocal Parts and Singer Roles Discover the different vocal parts and roles that singers play, such as soprano and diva.
Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart Take a look at the different types of operas.
Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles Explore orchestral music by learning about the instrument sections and roles.
History of the Orchestra: Growth of Orchestral Music Throughout History Study the history and learn about the growth of the orchestra.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Opera and Orchestral Music
The Beginnings of Opera: Influences and Components

1. The Beginnings of Opera: Influences and Components

Opera represents one of the highest levels of performing arts that Western Civilization has created, but where did it come from? In this lesson, we look at the beginning of Opera, starting with the late Middle Ages and then on to the Early Renaissance.

What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts

2. 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.

Operatic Singers: Vocal Parts and Singer Roles

3. 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.

Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart

4. 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.

Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles

5. 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.

History of the Orchestra: Growth of Orchestral Music Throughout History

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.

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