Ever wonder where Opera originated? Who was the first to come up with the idea?
Or what events led up to the actual notation and orchestration of Opera? Join Howard Goodall and Antonio Pappano as they show you the beginnings of Opera!

Not only are the works mentioned in these documentaries great for study and analysis but they show the building blocks of early composition.


Make a list of the works featured in these videos and their composition techniques. You can do this by listening or reading from scores online. Then post your answers in the comments below. I look forward to seeing what you discover!

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