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.

This summer we have had a good variety of programmes presented by our members. In May, Kathleen completed part 3 of her Master of the King's/Queen's Music series. This included music by Louis Grabu from the 17th century, William Shield (19c), Sir Walter Parratt, Malcolm Williamson and Sir Henry Walford Davies from the 20th century and the most recent from Judith Weir (2014). A very well researched and entertaining programme.

In June we all contributed to a programme of Spanish music that proved to be enlightening for most of us. We heard pieces from well-known composers like Falla, Rodrigo, Albeniz and Tarrega, then received some surprises from lesser-known musicians like Piazzolla, Gueran and Cererols. Stephen conjured up the biggest surprise of the morning when he offered Capriccio espagnol by that very non-Spanish composer Rimsky-Korsakov. We just about allowed him that one!

In July, we examined North American music, mostly from the USA with the odd piece thrown in from Canada. We began with Gershwin's Promenade (Walking the Dog), followed by Barber's first movement from his `1939 Violin Concerto. Then we heard the beautiful Les Chansons des Roses by Lauridsen. Netta mesmerised us with Philip Glass's opening piece from his Glassworks, then we heard Korngold's Romance from his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op35. David played us a couple of pieces from Copland's energetic Billy the Kid ballet and Dee offered us the moving 2nd movement from Barber's Violin Concerto. We heard an excerpt from Kern's Show Boat overture and we concluded the morning with the ethereal O magnum mysterium by Lauridsen. A splendid morning with lots of delightful and memorable music.

In August, David will be educating us in the music of the Romanian composer George Enescu. After the break we will consider the music of the Boulanger sisters, Nadia and Lili. We might be in for some surprises.

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, 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.This approach works very well. However, we have added the option of a 30-minute presentation instead of an hour, if any member would prefer to take that up that offer.

NOTE: The group is FULL, but you can go on the waiting list if you wish. Please contact me via the bird to register your interest.

Peter Westmacott
Group Convenor

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