Music Appreciation (Friday)


Activity

Where and when

We meet at 10am on the last Friday of the month at the home of a group member.

Other information

Do please telephone for more information.

Contact details

Geoff Moth 01858 432275   email: themoths85@gmail.com


News

Music Appreciation (Friday)

After a short Choral version of Goethe’s ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’ by Beethoven, we launched into our review of music by Mendelssohn with his Overture based on the same two poems.  This was followed by his first Piano Concerto in G Minor, a piece less familiar to the group.  Our morning continued with the […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – September & October meetings

At our September meeting we listened to a varied selection of musical styles ranging from a chamber work by Anton Arensky, a pupil of Tchaikovsky, to a suite for violin and piano by Erich Korngold, written long before he moved to Hollywood and the colourful Warner Brothers historical extravagances.  On the way, we dipped into […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – August meeting

At our August meeting we listened to music by Camille Saint-Sans.  Starting with his less familiar Cello Concerto we moved on to his first Violin Concerto and followed this by the ‘Carnival of the Animals’, which was written to amuse his students at the Societe National de Musique which he founded in 1871 to promote […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – July meeting

Our June meeting was cancelled after several members were unable to attend.  However, we managed a ‘Full House’ on the last Friday in July when we listened to music inspired by the sea by Arnold Bax, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov.  Jaques Ibert provided his Symphonie Marine which was developed from what was […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – June meeting

The sea was our inspiration for our June meeting.  Starting on the Cornwall Cliffs with Arnold Bax’s ‘Tintagel’, we moved on to the sea in all its moods with Benjamin Britten’s ‘Four Sea Interludes’.  Claude Debussy then provided his impressionist’s vision of the ocean with ‘La Mer’.  Our voyage continued by hearing the first incidental […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – May meeting

The theme for our May meeting was ‘Something Borrowed’, with music from composers who based their compositions on works by other composers.  Starting with Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ based on a theme by Henry Purcell, we continued with Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ played on the organ coupled with a symphonic transcription […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – April meeting

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 […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – March & April meetings

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 […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – February meeting

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 […]

Music Appreciation (Friday) – January meeting

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 […]