At our April meeting we celebrated Spring by listening to music from composers over five centuries. Starting with Vivaldi, we went on to Robert Schumann with a movement from his Symphony No 1 (Spring Symphony), then to Tchaikovsky and Glazenov for the Spring Sections of their ‘Seasons’ pieces. Finally we burst into the twentieth century […]
At our March meeting we listened to a programme of music by Chopin, including a selection of pieces for solo piano and his first Piano Concerto. We also heard Alexander Glazonov’s Chopiniana which later appeared as the music for the Ballet ‘Les Sylphides’, first produced by Mikhail Fokine in 1907, and a young Stravinsky’s arrangement […]
At our February meeting we listened to ballet music featured in the Operas of Carl Maria Weber, Amilcare Ponchielli and Giuseppe Verdi. These were added to the performances usually after the third act of a four act opera and, in most instances, bore no relation the the content of of the operas concerned. We also […]
At our January meeting, the group (much depleted by illness) listened to some popular classics from Russian composers. We started with Mikhail Glinka’s overture ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ and this was followed by Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Strings’. After a slightly early interval we moved on to the ‘Violin Concerto No 2 in D Minor’ by Henryk […]
Our January meeting will take place on Friday, January 31st. I haven’t finalised the programme to date, but I hope to present at least one piece that will be new to most of our members. Geoffrey Moth.
At our November meeting, after a quick blast of the main title music from the movie the Sea Hawk for Chris, we listened to voices. Jose Carreras introduced the programme by providing the solo tenor voice to the Creole Mass written by Ariel Ramires from Argentina, we also heard him later in tenor arias from […]
We devoted the first half of our October meeting to the music of Joseph Hayden. We listened to two examples of his extremely wide range of compositions, namely his String Quartet in E Flat and his Symphony No 103. The latter was written during one of his two residences in London, which proved to be […]
At our August meeting we enjoyed a selection of Suites by Khachaturian, collected from his music for the Ballet and other theatrical performances. After refreshments, we listened to a spirited performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The amateur conductors in the group managed to contain themselves during […]
At our July meeting I will present a programme of music based on a selection of violin pieces recorded by Nicola Bededitti of lesser known French Composers. Our next meeting will be on 26th August. Geoff Moth.
At our June meeting we listened to a selection of music suggested by dance. Starting with Maria von Weber’s ‘Invitation to the Dance’, we swept into a selection of waltzes from Richard Strauss’ ‘Der Rosenkavalier’. ‘Turkey Trot’, an arrangement made in forty minutes of Vincent Youman’s ‘Tea for Two’ by Shostakovitch completed the first part […]