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Hugh Ottaway begins his talk by quoting Gustav Holst's definition of 'classical' and refers to the foremost prophet and inspiration of the neo-classical movement, Johann Winckelmann, German archaeo...logist of the 18th century. Mr. Ottaway states that 'far from being a cult of cold reason, this neo-classicism sought to blend reason with sensibility, composure with athleticism, formal perfection with 'something that sings and dances' as Holst put it.' He traces the roots of the classical symphony to Italian opera buffa. "The spirited and vivacious buffa style is still an element in the nature of symphonies of Haydn and Mozart." Hugh Ottaway then illustrates the rhythmic and harmonic propulsion present in the classical symphony with musical excerpts.
Metadata describing this Open University audio programme
Module code and title: A304, The development of instruments and their music
Item code: A304; 09
Recording date: 1973-11-02
First transmission date: 02-11-1974
Published: 1974
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
Restrictions on use: This material can be used in accordance with The Open University conditions of use. A link to the conditions can be found at the bottom of all OUDA web pages.
Duration: 00:17:30
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Producer: Helen Rapp
Contributor: Hugh Ottaway
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): `Classical' definition; Classical symphony; Gustav Holst; Harmony; Johann Winckelmann; Neo-classicism; Opera buffa; Rhythm
Master spool number: TLN44FM670
Production number: TLN44FM670
Available to public: no