William Sterling

SPOTLIGHT: Music

Mily Balakirev

The Mighty Handful The lives and music of Balakirev, Cui, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov examining how they came together and how their careers overlapped. In 1867 the critic Stasov wrote a review of the Pan-Slav concert organised by Mily Balakirev: “God grant that our Slavonic guests may never forget today’s concert; God grant that they… Read more »

String Quartet No. 3

I have always enjoyed chamber music and this is the latest of my string quartets written between 1987 and 1994. First movement – Allegro This movement was influenced by Schubert, a favourite composer of my piano teacher, Eleanor Purce, a pupil of Alfred Cortot. String Quartet No. 3 1st movement Second movement – Adagio This… Read more »

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart’s Finale This was a detailed examination of Mozart’s last 12 months in which he wrote some of his greatest works (including the Clarinet Concerto, the Magic Flute, La Clemenza di Tito, Ave Verum Corpus, the Requiem, the last Piano Concerto and the last two String Quintets) but struggled financially and professionally. I ran this… Read more »

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