Report on a meeting on 26th April 2017
“The music of Rachmaninoff” was the title of David Dennis’ presentation. He described his life and we listened to a number his pieces of music including preludes, symphonies and concertos particularly his “Song without words”, “Vespers” and his “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”.
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Martin Schulze presented a programme of music written in the baroque period specially for trumpet with organ accompaniment, and we enjoyed watching and listening the performers on video.
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Richard Jones gave an illustrated presentation based on “The short and brilliant career of Pergolesi”. This had been adapted from a presentation he previously gave at an “Aspects of Italy” Interest Group meeting but having more emphasis on the music rather than on the country.
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Margaret Hawkes and Edna Gay shared leading this meeting and played a selection of music that they would take if marooned on a desert island.
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Peter Willett gave an illustrated presentation on Mendelssohn’s ten visits to the UK and played a selection of his music which had been inspired by his visits or written for specific music festivals here.
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Barbara Lowe used the “title, “Best of British” to play a selection of music from British composers including Eric Coates, Edward Elgar, George Butterworth. Ralph Vaughan Williams,Richard Addinsell, Charles Williams, Karl Jenkins, Gilbert & Sullivan and Ronald Binge.
This group joined the “Food and Wine ” group for a joint Christmas party.
Michael George showed the first half of a DVD showing the 25th anniversary performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” which had been recorded live from the Royal Festival Hall.
The second half was shown at the February meeting.
Michael George showed the second half of a DVD showing the 25th anniversary performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” recorded live in the Royal Festival Hall. At the conclusion of the performance the current cast were joined by past members gathered to celebrate this event.
Dick Darke talked about the rise in popularity of band stands following one built by Prince Albert in Kensington Gardens which encouraged many towns to have their own. Their popularity waned when many were dismantled so the iron could be used for the war effort.
He then played music by a number of brass bands to show the type of music in this genre.
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.
Danni Wotton presented an interesting programme of music that had been inspired by the works of Shakespeare.
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.
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)
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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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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