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Small Plate: Rock and Roll: a Short History

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Adventures in Classical Music Small Plate: A Short History of Rock and Roll. A small taste of the Adventures in Classical Music series, this one on the History of Rock and Roll.

Much of musical understanding comes from breaking it down into component parts. Those parts—the so-called elements of music—are melody, harmony, rhythm, structure, texture, timbre, tempo and dynamics. In my course, Adventures in Classical Music: The Elements of Music, I argue that if you can spell out these component elements in a piece of music, you can identify the style of the music.
In these 2 lecture segments, we spell out the elements that make up what we call Rock and Roll, identifying them by what instruments are used, their structure, harmonies and rhythmic profile.
I have no doubt that when you listen to these rock and roll songs more closely and youre be able to hear what distinguishes one style from another, it's a short and simple leap to be able to do the same in classical music.

This “Small Plate” is an appetizer. If you are interested in a whole course, check out the series:
There are 6 courses in the series:
1. The Elements of Music.
2. Middle Ages and Renaissance Music (~500-1600).
3. Baroque Period (1600-1750).
4. Classical Period (1750-1927).
5. Romantic Period (1827-1900).
6. The Modern Period (1900-present).

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About Bill Neely

Though I've lived in San Francisco since 1977, I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, which is just outside of Boston. I attended University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with minors in Music History and Conducting. I then went to University of Colorado in Boulder, where I got my Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance.

I have been teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College since 2000. Prior to that, I had taught at Napa Valley College. I have taught Applied Voice, Repertoire and Diction in 4 languages: German, French, Italian and English, General Music Appreciation, Music Appreciation: The Romantic Period and Music Appreciation: 20th Century, in addition to general Music Appreciation.

In my other life, I am a classical singer in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoying performing in many operas, musicals and choral concerts. Since 2002, I've also been a sometime extra-chorister with San Francisco Opera. Some of my favorite solo performances have been the title roles of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Sweeney Todd and The Man of La Mancha, Baron Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, Count Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Voltaire/Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide, and most recently, Dr. Falke in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.