Music

A weekend exploring the music of Brahms – music appreciation with Roy Stratford

Ref: SWE10241

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£270
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About this course

Johannes Brahms stands outside the mainstream of the Romantic movement. His music is a fascinating combination of traditional forms and powerful, romantic harmony, often creating a profound emotional effect in his chamber music repertoire.

Course Description

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 for course participants only, due to current restrictions.

Timetable

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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials

Included

  • A ticket for the recital on Saturday evening.

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil/pen

Tutors

Roy Stratford

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.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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