A Tale of Music

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Online course for all musicians and music lovers. Available in 100 languages.

48 lessons

This course is intended to be an introduction to the study of music history through an encounter with the main characters, works and musical styles of the Western tradition.

This is not a specialized treatise: it offers a first approach to the history of artistic expression that never fails to fascinate.



The oldest instruments. Music in Ancient civilizations. Egyptians, Jews, Greeks, Romans. Role of music.


Early Christians. The birth of polyphony. Troubadours. Ars nova. Humanism. Renaissance. The birth of melodrama and oratorio.


Italian and German baroque. Development of instrumental music. Opera buffa. Italian opera triumphs. The age of enlightenment.


Viennese classicism. Music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven.


The role of artist and the meaning of music. Grand soloists. Nationalism in music. Verismo opera. French music. German symphonism


Development of music in France, Germany, Italy, USSR, USA, England. Operetta. Musical. Music in the 21st century.

What’s Included with this course?

Professional Teaching

You’ll receive expert teaching, thoroughly enabling you to develop an accurate and confident understanding of music history.

Read in 100 languages

The Babel Flute courses offer a very high quality translation to practically 100 languages, available with just one click on the translation button at the top of the screen.
To access all available languages from a Mobile phone switch to a desktop version in the browser settings, choose a desired language and switch back to a Mobile version. You only need to do it once.

Practical Quizzes

There are short quizzes at the end of the modules to make learning more fun and interactive.

Ask Questions

Below each chapter you are able to post comments and ask questions should you have any in regards to the course topics covered. You can also reach out to your teacher directly from any of the quizzes and from the course dashboard.

Easy to Follow Structure

The course is divided into modules (chapters). The text of each chapter is enriched with various types of “columns” and media: pictures, audios, curious facts, focus on important details, and listening suggestions that refer to YouTube videos illustrating the topics covered.

Supplemental material

At the end of the course are reference books – biographical cards of major composers and a brief dictionary of musical forms. They can be opened at any time to clarify and supplement the course ‘ information.

Complete at Your Own Pace

You can easily fit the course around your regular commitments, completing it at your own pace and in your own time.

Anywhere Access

Your course never expires. Learn when and where you choose! Computer or mobile. Just get comfortable and dive in!

Certificate of Completion

When you complete the course, you will be asked to take a timed test to receive a certificate of completion from The Babel Flute.


Onorio Zaralli

Founder of Web Flute Academy, The Babel Flute and Scuola Flautistica Italiana, flutist, professor, writer, composer, innovator. President of the Accademia Flautistica, Veneta, Padua.

He is the author of a large number of original works, studies and books, such as “Mozart, Flute Concertos”, “During a Concert”, “Emotional Control in Public Performance”, and “Playing with Soul, Self-Control and Full Self-Disclosure” .

A fan of multimedia, Onorio Zaralli received further education at the University of Tuscia with a specialization in E-learning and Learning Object, published books and multimedia CD-Rom, founded the Center for Multimedia Education “Il Ninfeo”. Onorio Zaralli is the author of Musica in Jeans (Smart and 3.0, published by Bulgarini) music courses with advanced functionality, bringing together the most innovative teaching and learning methodologies and tools.

For The Babel Flute, Onorio Zaralli wrote the exclusive courses “A Tale of Music” and “The Flute of OZ“. Whether you’re just getting started in music or you’re an experienced musician looking to broaden your horizons, these courses will provide you with valuable material, ideas, exercises, and tips.

With hours of step-by-step learning, The Babel Flute courses will truly help you take your musical knowledge and skills to the next level.


01 – L’origine della musica – La musica

02 –  La musica dei primi cristiani e il canto gregoriano

03 – Trovatori e Laudesi

04 – Il Trecento

05 – La polifonia fiamminga

06 – Il Cinquecento

07 – La nascita del melodramma e l’oratorio

08 – La musica strumentale nel Seicento

09 – L’età d’oro del barocco italiano

10 – Il barocco tedesco: Bach e Haendel

11 – L’intermezzo musicale e la nascita dell’opera buffa

12 – La musica nell’età dell’Illuminismo

13 – Il classicismo viennese: Mozart e Haydn

14 – Ludwig van Beethoven

15 – Il Romanticismo

16 – Gioacchino Rossini

17 – Donizetti e Bellini

18 – Giuseppe Verdi

19 – Richard Wagner

20 – L'Ottocento musicale francese

21 – L'Ottocento strumentale europeo

22 – I grandi solisti: Paganini, Chopin, Liszt

23 – Le scuole musicali nazionali

24 – L'opera verista

25 – La musica francese alla fine dell'Ottocento

26 – Gli epigoni del sinfonismo tedesco

27 – Il Novecento

28 – L'operetta e il musical

29 – L’opera lirica – dossier

Final Test

Dizionario delle forme musicali

Dizionario dei Musicisti