Queen of Instruments: The Violin and Its Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, September 25 – November 13

2 - 4 pm

Led by Guy A. Marco

Traceable to the harp and lyre of antiquity, as well as to the medieval fiddle, the violin began to acquire its present shape and character in the seventeenth century. At first it was an ensemble instrument, but its possibilities as a solo instrument were soon recognized. Major composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have written sonatas and concertos for the violin, and virtuoso players have demonstrated performing techniques. We will observe changes in composing and performing styles as we hear music of various periods played by artists of the pastand present.

Guy A. Marco holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, has taught in 11 universities, and has written or edited more than 50 reference books including Literature of American Music III.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • None

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $231.
Register Online.