For the past 15 years, music teacher Dr Derald DeYoung has led a popular music study course at Estes Park. Starting in January, Dr DeYoung will teach a six-week course focusing on Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), one of the most important and prolific composers of the 20th century.
This series is sponsored by the VallÃ©e d’Estes Library and will be offered from Wednesday January 19 to February 23, 2022. Participants can choose to register for a morning or afternoon session. The morning session runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the identical afternoon session runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
As places are limited, students must register in advance and choose between morning or afternoon sessions and cannot alternate between sessions. All classes will take place at the VallÃ©e d’Estes library and participation is free. No previous musical experience is required to enjoy the content.
Classes will focus on Sergei Prokofiev’s life as a Soviet artist and present his music through video recordings of his music for orchestra, ballet and piano. His music is always melodious, but also scented with interesting and unexpected harmonies.
âI hate imitation,â Prokofiev once wrote, âand I hate the familiar. “” The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians “writes:” At all times [Prokofiev] became interested in music for the stage, having a strong sense of drama and character; but he was also one of the most notable contributors of the 20th century to the genres of symphony, concerto and piano sonata. “
Instructor Derald DeYoung has taught previous courses on the music of Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Schubert, Bach and Schumann. Dr DeYoung is Professor of Music Emeritus at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he taught for 27 years before moving to Estes Park full time in 2005.
Registration for the workshops is now open and can be done by visiting the calendar of events on estesvalleylibrary.org.