This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of this composer whose music continues to exert a unique power and fascination over us today and whose fortitude in the face of overwhelming difficulties is a constant source of inspiration. Beethoven seems to be more than a musician; the ambition and range of his music is extraordinary, his influence on the composers who followed him unparalled and his popularity undimmed since his death. Here is an opportunity to spend a day looking at what makes him so unique and to reflect on the way that his music challenged both his contemporaries and musicians and listeners today. Enjoy copious musical examples both live and recorded.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
A notebook and pencil/pen
Roy Stratford was very lucky to have had a music teacher at school who had been a student of the great Austrian modernist composer Anton Webern and who inspired in him a great love of music and a particular interest in the Austro-Germanic tradition from Bach to Stockhausen. He went on to study music at Reading University and then the Royal College of Music ( conducting with Norman del Mar) and has since developed a very varied musical career as pianist, conductor, composer and lecturer.