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Biweekly, Wednesday  2-4, Week 1

QWhat do Chopin, Dvorak, Smetana, Sibelius and Verdi have in common?

A. They all wrote music motivated by melodies or rhythms associated with the people or history of specific countries. Music historians identify this practice, common between the 1800s and mid-1900s, as ‘musical nationalism’. Not all this music related to composers’ own backgrounds – often it was inspired by characteristics of other countries and peoples.

Discover the stories behind The MoldauFinlandia1812 Overture, Scottish Fantasy, Capriccio Italien and other musically ‘nationalistic’ compositions in this workshop of stirring melodies.

Presenters will discuss the background, special ‘nationalistic’ characteristics, and significance of the piece of music they have selected, using CDs, videos or other sources to illustrate these traits.


Charlotte Broome ( has had a lifelong interest in classical and choral music and currently sings alto in two choirs. For several years she co-facilitated both Music Appreciation and Unusual Museums.

Liz Nichol ( has co-chaired the TD National Piano Competition and been involved in educational outreach activities as a volunteer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Until recently she studied cello, which was a stimulating, wonderful pursuit.

Workshop Notes:

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