In many ways, Johannes Brahms stands outside the mainstream of the Romantic Movement. His interests lay far more in abstract music, sonatas, symphonies, variations and concertos rather than opera or program music, although he did, of course, compose many wonderful Lieder.
His music is a fascinating combination of traditional forms and powerful, romantic harmony, the often profound emotional effect that his music exerts perhaps arises from the tension between these two forces. You will look at the huge range of his output with particular emphasis on his extraordinary contribution to chamber music.
Evening Recital, Saturday, 30 January 2021, 8pm
Susan Gritton returns to sing some of the wonderful Lieder by Brahms, accompanied on piano by Roy Stratford.This is included in the programme for course participants.
If you wish to purchase additional tickets for guests, these are subject to availability, and therefore must be purchased in advance at www.westdean.ac.uk/events. Extra tickets will not be available to purchase on the evening.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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.