I haven't explored musical form too deeply in previous classes, but that's about to change! Don't be put off by the word "form." We won't be digging into boring names or diagrams or formulas. Instead, we're going to listen to some exquisite music to show why one certain form -- sonata form -- has enchanted and challenged composers and audiences for 200 years.
My next music class is approaching and I know you’re going to find it fun as well as useful. A bonus! I’m calling it “Musical Magic Formula."
Have you ever listened to a symphony and found yourself feeling lost? Where are we? Where are we going? What’s happening? Step by step, we'll explore why sonata form contains so much psychological power. You will never feel lost, again.
4 p.m., Sunday, April 7, Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie and Powell Blvd. $20 at the door.
Hope to see you there.
David Stabler is a pianist, writer, dad and cyclist. He's working on a novel based on his childhood years living in Africa and rode across America with his brother in 2017.