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Music Appreciation report on 24th August 2016 meeting

Peter Willett gave a presentation on the theme of “Music with meteorological connections”

The first half of the programme consisted of;

Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto, 1st and 2nd movements;

Judy Garland singing “Somewhere over the rainbow”;

Matt McGranaghan playing his arrangement of “Somewhere over the rainbow” on his fiddle;

Kevin Lee playing his arrangement of “Somewhere over the rainbow” on his harp;

The 4th and 5th movements of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony;

All three movements of Vivaldi’s Summer concerto.

The second half of the programme consisted of;

The 1st and 2nd movements of Vivaldi’s Autumn Concerto;

The 3rd movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 17, “The Tempest”;

Christina Matthews singing “I sit in the sun” from Salad Days;

“Here comes the sun” played on Pan Pipes;

The “Thunder and Lightening Polka” by Johann Strauss  Junior, and finally

the 1st and 2nd movements of Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto.

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Music Appreciation report on 27th July 2016 meeting

Danni Wotton presented an interesting programme of music that had been inspired by the works of Shakespeare.

This included;

act 3 of Verdi’s “Falstaff”,

four pieces from Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet”,

“Ah, la paterna mano” from “Macbeth”

Purcell’s “If music be the food of love”,

“Nor Nobis Domine” from “Henry V”.

Bernstein’s “West Side Story”,

Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s dream”,

act 4 from Verdi’s “Othello”,

“Too Darn Hot”, “We Open in Venice”, “Brush up Your Shakespeare”, and “From This Moment On” from “Kiss me Kate”,

concluding with five Sonnets by Shakespeare.

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Report on a Music Appreciation Group meeting on 25th May 2016

Valerie Page gave a very interesting presentation of music under the heading “Villains”.

The “Villains” mostly turned out to be the “baddies” in operas.

The music we listened to was:-

Verdi; “Luisa Miller” (1849)

Mozart; “The Magic Flute” (1791)

Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Jesus Christ, Superstar” (1970)

Donnizatti; “Lucrezia Borgia” (1833)

Boito; “Mefistofele” (1868)

Verdi; “Rigoletto” (1851)

Prokofiev; “Peter and the Wolf”

Mozart; “Don Giovanni” (1787)

Vaughan Williams; “Job – Satan’s Dance” (1931)

Verdi; “Otello” (1887)

Gounod; “Faust” (1859)

Richard Strauss; “Salome” (1905)

Puccini; “Tosca” (1900)

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Music Appreciation report on 22nd June 2016 meeting

There was a last-minute change to the programme for this meeting resulting in John Culling giving a presentation on the “History of the Classical Guitar”.  The customary use of CD’s was enhanced by watching a number of DVD’s of people playing guitars.

John traced the development of the modern classical guitar from its ancestor, the lute.  John also described the technique needed for guitar playing, especially commenting on the length of fingernails to aid good playing.

Everything John told us was ably demonstrated through his choice of CDs and DVDs.

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Music Appreciation report on 23rd March 2016 meeting

Dick Darke gave a presentation of music he had selected under the title of “The Best Bits”.   We enjoyed listening to nineteen pieces of music in various styles under this broad heading.  As this was his personal choice, I’m sure any other member giving this presentation might well have chosen different music.  We didn’t discus this, but you might like to look at what we heard, and come up with your own list that you consider to be”The Best Bits”.

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Music Appreciation; Report on the 24th February 2016 meeting

David Dennis gave a presentation on Scandinavian music which included pieces by composers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

He went through each country in turn.  He had a good selection of music which was appreciated by the 16 members who were present.  Press the “Read more” tag to see what music we heard. Continue reading Music Appreciation; Report on the 24th February 2016 meeting

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