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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Seriously, What IS Chamber Music?

It’s National Chamber Music Month! Here’s why you should be stoked.


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May is National Chamber Music Month! Oh, what? You’re not excited? Maybe that’s because you don’t know exactly what chamber music is yet. Which means you should probably listen to this research presentation to find out more about it. Then you, too, can get excited about a form of music that’s had an effect on everything from symphonies to garage bands. Whoo chamber music!!

Audio production by Todd “T Bone” Hulslander with apoplectic paroxysms of approval from Dacia Clay.

Music in this research presentation includes:
– “(Nothing But) Flowers” performed by David Byrne, Ethel, and Thomas Dolby
– “I Wanna Be Sedated” from Road to Ruin by the Ramones
– “New England Journey” by Brad Sayles
– February: Scherzo from Das Jahr by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, played by Sarah Rothenberg
– “Cuckolds All A-row” from the Art of the Bawdy Song by the Baltimore Consort
– “Joyne Hands” by Thomas Morley played by the Baltimore Consort
– Quartet No. 62 in C major (“Emperor” or “Kaiser”), Op. 76, No. 3, FHE No. 42, Hoboken No. III:77 by Joseph Haydn
– Symphonie Fantastique, 5th mvmt., Songe d’une nuit de sabbat by Hector Berlioz
– Ornithology (1946) by Charlie Parker Septet
– “Artists Only” from More Songs About Buildings and Food by the Talking Heads
– String Quintet in E flat major, Op. 97 by Antonín DvoÅ™ák performed by the Emerson String Quartet

Resources used in this presentation:

“Chamber Music” from GCSE Bitesize, BBC

Chamber Music Month: Sarah Rothenberg Defines “Chamber Music” (Pt. I) by St. John Flynn

“Classical Music” Wikipedia article

“Classical period (music)” Wikipedia Article

My Love Affair with Sound by David Byrne

“A Short History of Chamber Music” by Eva Chiabattoni