William Sterling

SPOTLIGHT: Music

Felix Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn and Mendelssohn Fanny and Felix had a closer bond than probably any two other musicians but had very different careers due to their difference in gender. In his youth, Felix was described as the Mozart of the C19th but some considered his sister Fanny to be even more talented. She was destined by convention… Read more »

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – The First English Opera This study was part of a longer course studying the history and culture of the seventeenth century. After studying how Purcell came to write his only true opera and how it fitted in with his other stage works such as King Arthur, and The Fairy Queen… Read more »

Hector Berlioz

Berlioz, his Life in Music An examination of his life and music using his own remarkable autobiography as a guide. Unlike many of his contemporaries such as Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt, Berlioz was not an infant prodigy. In fact he never mastered any instrument and always composed in silence away from the piano, an instrument… Read more »

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