William Sterling

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. Figureheads, Ship Badges and Silverware – Nineteenth Century Classical References in the National Maritime Museum

      When: February 25 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

      Delve into classical myths used in naval related items by examining some of the NMM collection of C19th objects.  

    2. Orpheus – Life after Death

      When: March 3 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Unlike other Greek Heroes Orpheus was basically peaceful. He braved the Underworld and was one of the Argonauts. Ever since he has been a major influence for artists and composers. The Greek Myths surrounding Orpheus and the influence the story has had on artists and composers ever since. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice and… Read more »

    3. Life and times of James II / VII

      When: March 10 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an intriguing one in exile.  A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. James was the second son of Charles I so not expected to be king until later in life when it… Read more »

Featured articles

Max Bruch

Brahms and Bruch This was a comparative study of the two greatest German instrumental and choral composers of their day whose reputations have not fared equally well. Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch were two of the most celebrated composers in late nineteenth century Germany. Bruch predicted that his fame would fade as Brahms’s grew. Although… Read more »

Sergei Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov, the Last Romantic The career and music of the great composer and pianist. In the tradition of the great composer pianists of the nineteenth century such as Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt, Rachmaninov had the advantage of living in the age of records so we can hear what he was like as a pianist. Plagued… Read more »

Zoltan Kodaly

Kodaly and Budapest This study was part of a longer course studying the history and culture of Budapest. We concentrated on Kodaly’s choral works and how they fitted in with the tradition of Hungarian choral works initiated by his greatest predecessor, Liszt. We compared Liszt’s Hungarian Coronation Mass with Kodaly’s similarly celebratory Buda Castle Te… Read more »