Music Appreciation (Tuesday) – February meeting

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am.  In February we continued with our plan to listen to all the Beethoven (1770-1827) piano sonatas when we reached the ‘Piano Sonata No 16 in G Major’.  This is the first sonata in the Middle Period of Beethoven’s development of the piano sonata.  The remainder of the morning was given over to two works in which composers reflected on their own lives.  The first was ‘Siegfried Idyll’ by Richard Wagner (1813-1886).  This work was originally called ‘Tribschen Idyll, with Fidi’s Bird-song and Orange Sunrise’.  It was a symphonic greeting for his wife on her birthday on Christmas Day 1870 – it reflects on his house on Lake Lucerne (Tribschen), his baby son (Fidi) and the orange wallpaper in his wife’s bedroom (what a birthday present!).  The second piece was ‘Ein Heldenleben – A Hero’s Life’ by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) – a tone poem in six movements in which the composer reflects on all the vicissitudes of his life.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 21st March.  Peter Ellement.