The week with musicologist, Susan Deas, was a delight for anyone who loves music but is aware how little they know about it. With the use of a keyboard and an impeccably prepared compilation of music, she took us through six glorious mornings of classical music, while afternoons were spent enjoying beautiful weather on the beach, by the pool or on local expeditions.
The first day set the tone and it became clear that Susan fully embraced the idea that music was supposed to be fun and inclusive. She is a great ‘de-bunker’ of much of the seriousness and pomposity of musical appreciation. We went through pitch, rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, texture and form. Daunting? Not a bit of it. After years of never understanding musical structure, I started to appreciate the difference between major and minor, the role of different instruments, and even the real role of the conductor.