Music For Pleasure
We meet on the afternoon of the fourth Tuesday of each month at the home of one of our members.
The date may change if we have an outing, special event or if there is a clash with other MU3A meetings. We will also not meet in exceptionally bad weather.
At each meeting one member of the group introduces a music related "topic" entirely of his or her own choice. Following a brief introduction we listen to selected pieces related to the topic. Generally we do not know in advance what we are to hear and that element of surprise is an extra dimension to our enjoyment.
There is no constraint on what we cover; it can be a specific piece, style, instrument, composer, artist, time period, country etc. It can be classical, jazz, pop, C&W, music from shows; “anything goes!”
We have had two, very successful, outings. The first was to the Handel/ Hendrix Museum, the second to the Musical Museum at Kew.
We will not be meeting in December but we did all enjoy a seasonal meal kindly arranged by Nyria.
For full details of our past meetings click Music For Pleasure - past meetings. For our next meetings see below:
As at December 2018, we are unable to enroll additional members due to space constraints in members' homes, but interest has been expressed in setting up a: MUSIC FOR PLEASURE GROUP TWO. If that is of interest to you, please email David, the Group Contact, by clicking the bluebird symbol (right)
REPORT ON OUR APRIL 2019 MEETING
Jill introduced our meeting in April 2019. Her title was:
MUSIC INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE plus a verbal celebration of ST GEORGE’S DAY.
The full programme was:
HENRY V – Music composed by William Walton for the 1944 film starring Sir Lawrence Olivier and arranged by Muir Mathieson
Overture: The Globe Playhouse
Passacaglia – The Death of Falstaff
King Henry V’s speech - `This day is called the Feast of Crispian`
And his speech before Harfleur - Once more unto the breach`.
Charge and Battle
Touch her soft lips and part
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Incidental music composed by Mendelssohn
ROMEO AND JULIET – Fantasy Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky does not attempt to follow the action of the play, but instead allows certain of its characters and emotions to suggest the main themes of a taut sonata movement. Thus the solemn, chorale-like opening represents Friar Laurence, while the turbulent first subject depicts the feuding of the Montague and Capulet families. The `star-crossed lovers` themselves make their entrance in the sumptuous love theme that is the second subject, but this love is doomed and the final tragedy is expressed in the work’s sombre coda.
RICHARD III – Again, music composed by William Walton and arranged by Muir Mathieson
Prelude and Fanfare
ROMEO AND JULIET – Excerpts from ballet music composed by Serge Prokofiev.
The Montagues and Capulets
The street awakens
Dance of the five couples
Death of Tybalt
OTHELLO – Opera composed by Giuseppi Verdi
`Ave Maria , Piena di Grazia` from Act 4, sung by Renee Fleming
ROMEO AND JULIET – more recent compositions:
Film theme by Nino Rota - `A time for us`
Balcony Scene – by Craig Armstrong
THREE SHAKESPEARE SONGS – composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Full Fathom Five sung by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Cloud-Capp’d Towers
Over Hill, Over Dale
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue May 28th||Meet at a member's home.|
|Tue Jun 25th||Meet at a member's home.|
|Tue Jul 23rd||Meet at a member's home.|