William Sterling

SPOTLIGHT: Music

Joseph Haydn

Haydn and the English Although it happened late in his life Haydn’s association with the English had a huge impact on his music not least the 12 Symphonies, chamber and piano music he wrote for his two visits but his discovery of Handel’s oratorios on those visits had an enormous impact on his later choral… Read more »

Giacomo Puccini

Puccini and Verismo Opera A detailed studies of each of Puccini’s operas and a selection of his other works compared to the works of contemporaries. The course followed Puccini’s life chronologically from the poverty of his childhood when he was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a church composer, his student days when… Read more »

Maurice Ravel

Unravelling Ravel A study of his life and music and that of his contemporaries. Maurice Ravel was a very private man who wrote some of the best-loved music of the twentieth century although he always dismissed Bolero as merely an academic exercise – but then he never saw Torvill and Dean. Works studied include Pavane pour… Read more »

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