It is not intended as a rigorous course in “Music Appreciation” (whatever that is!) but a mixture of exploration of what Classical Music is about and how it is put together, something about the history of music and about the composers who have written it, and an opportunity to encounter some of the byways of forgotten but eminently worthwhile music as well as the established and popular masterpieces.
The sessions so far have been:
1. November 2013 - Introductory session – a programme of shorter pieces of music to give a taste of the various kinds of classical music which can be heard in concert halls and recital rooms.
2. December 2013 - Music for Winter and Christmas
3. January 2014 - The Symphony – including an introduction to “form” in music.
4. February 2014 – The Symphony: Mozart and Beethoven – including thoughts on “What is a tune?”
5. March 2014 - “Programme Music” – Music which paints a picture or tells a story.
6. April 2014 – Choral music – Part 1, Sacred music
7. May 2014 - “The Forgotten Treasury” – British opera between Purcell and Britten
8. June 2014 – The Concerto
9. July 2014 – Choral Music – Part 2, Secular Music
10. September 2014 – Franz Peter Schubert – his life and music.
Following each session members of the group have enjoyed a convivial lunch together at Antonio's.
We are very grateful for Antonio's hospitality and unstinting helpfulness.
The forthcoming meeting on October the 10th is intended to delight the eye as well as the ear in a presentation of extracts from various Spanish zarzuelas as an introduction to this colourful and tuneful aspect of Spanish musical culture.
It is hoped to begin a second location for this group on the coast, beginning at the end of November.
Our thanks to all who have attended and helped in any way towards the success of this Group.