William Sterling

SPOTLIGHT: Composers’ Lives

Ethel Smyth

Dame Ethel Smyth, Composer and Suffragette The remarkable life of a pioneer of women composers in Britain. All six of her operas were performed in her lifetime and her March of the Women was the battle cry of the Suffragettes. The course followed Ethel Smyth’s remarkable career from conventional middle class background through her musical… Read more »

Antonio Vivaldi

Vivaldi and Venice This study was part of a longer course studying the history and culture of Venice. I started with an outline of Vivaldi’s life and career giving musical examples of his operas, choral works and concerti. The afternoon was spent with a more detailed analysis of the Seasons and a full examination of… 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 »

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