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Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

From the Beatles to opera, and the Middle Ages to today, come and discover some amazing music and the often complex relationship between composers, society, music and ideas.

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An Evening with Rakhmaninov

Rakhmaninov’s music can be both exhilarating and breathtakingly beautiful. In this lecture we explore his music, including his concertos, symphonies, preludes and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. We will also hear about his life in Russia, and his career as a touring concert pianist. Join us as we spend an evening discovering the life and music... [More]
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<p>Rakhmaninov’s music can be both exhilarating and breathtakingly beautiful. In this lecture we explore his music, including his concertos, symphonies, preludes and the Rhapsody on a Theme of

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17 Jun

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Music of Celebration, Humour & Pathos - Late Medieval England, Pergolesi, Bach & Handel

This course will present outstanding examples of celebratory and humourous music, as well as music expressive of pathos, by composers in late Medieval England, and by the Baroque masters Pergolesi, Bach and Handel. From late 15th century England, we will listen to music by composers associated with the Eton Choirbook and their contemporaries, as... [More]

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Rossini to Puccini: 100 Years of Italian Opera

Italian opera was born about 1600. Non-Italian composers such as Handel, Gluck and Mozart wrote operas in Italian but it was the works by native Italian composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries that made Italian opera world famous, works by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. Their operas are amongst the most famous ever written... [More]

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Six Opera Greats

Opera, meaning ‘the work’, was invented in 1598 in Florence by a group of dilettantes who wanted to include all the art forms together. Since then, it has been one of the major Classical musical forms inspiring composers to write spectacular music. In this series we look at 6 composers and their operas; how their music developed over time, their... [More]

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