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Britten and War – A Dedicated Pacifist

I ran this course at the City Lit on Sunday March 10th 2013 to celebrate the Britten Centenary and highlight his deep commitment to pacifism.  Below are copies of the handouts from the course and some additional material of general interest. Britten and War selected works Ballad for heroes text ADVANCE DEMOCRACY Still Falls the… Read more »

Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade, from Fame to Obscurity In her lifetime Chaminade was celebrated round the world but her reputation has diminished since her death. Her remarkable output ranges from delightful salon pieces to serious chamber, vocal and orchestral works. This course was about the extraordinary life and beautiful music of one of the foremost French composers… Read more »

Music and Art Inspired by Shakespeare 3

MUSIC AND ART INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE No. 3: Midsummer Dreams Some of Shakespeare’s fantasies especially Midsummer Night’s Dream but other supernatural phenomena such as ghosts as well. Music – Wedding March from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music. That music is so familiar that we often forget why it was written. Mendelssohn composed an Overture… Read more »