Beccles

Classical Music Appreciation 2

Convenor: Peter Westmacott
Date: 3rd Monday of the month
Time: 10am - 12 noon
Venue: Please contact convenor

WAITING LIST Please contact convenor via the bird to go on waiting list. NOTE: the group is restricted to 12 because the meetings are held in a member's house

REMINDER: The next meeting takes place on Monday 25th November

This autumn we have enjoyed a good variety of musical programmes. In September, Peter played the complete Mozart Piano Concerto No 21 in C major (K467), including the hauntingly beautiful 2nd movement (Andante).We heard the Murray Perahia version alongside the English Chamber Orchestra. In the second half we explored the music of the 19th century French composer Hector Berlioz. The works heard ranged from the renowned Symphonie fantastique on period instruments to his powerful Te Deum from 1849.

In October we explored the music of Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) through some of his overtures, symphonies, clarinet concertos and piano pieces. We learned that Weber had a great impact on the development of German music in the 19th century, largely freeing it from Italian influences that dominated earlier. David guided us through some of the songs of Richard Strauss, with special emphasis on his tone poem entitled Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 27. Few of us had heard this memorable piece before and it was well received.

In November Keith will present a programme entitled Stabat Mater, devotional music to Mary's vigil at Christ's Cross. In the second half members are asked to contribute a short piece of music (3-5 minutes) by a French composer from any period. Irene has promised some Debussy and Stephen will delve into Rameau.

"What if ..." is the intriguing title Kathleen has offered us for our December meeting and, after the break, Ted will treat us to some of Faure's music. Then, in the New Year, Peter will play a "Classical Concert" comprising overture, piano concerto and symphony. For the second half members are asked to present short pieces of music to illustrate the theme "Shakespeare in Music".

The purpose of the group is to listen to a wide variety of recorded classical music introduced and discussed in an interesting and informed way by the members. The aim is to broaden people's awareness of the rich variety of classical music.

Participation by group members in presenting programmes is warmly encouraged, although it is not essential. No musical expertise is required, only enthusiasm for the subject.

We are a friendly group of 12 members who enjoy each other's company and share a willingness to extend our musical experiences and knowledge.

We held our first meeting in November 2014 - in fact, we were the first group to get started in Beccles U3A - so we are now a well-established group. We have generally stuck with our original formula of a first half presentation by a member, followed by members offering a short piece of music to illustrate the chosen theme for the month.

Peter Westmacott
Group Convenor

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