Wednesdays, 8, 15, and 22 March 2017
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost: €65 (three-part series)
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His life spanned three quarters of the 19th century. His music – very modern for its time - heavily influenced composers such as Wagner, Richard Strauss, Rimsky Korsakoff and Liszt. Yet how much of Berlioz’s huge output is actually familiar to us?
In April 2017, American conductor John Nelson will direct a star-studded live recording of Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens (The Trojans) in Strasbourg. WICE members are invited through personal connection to attend the final rehearsal of this event, combined with a specially organized tour of the city; see AA141 for details of this event.
WICE is exceptionally fortunate that acclaimed American pianist Jeff Cohen, John Nelson’s assistant for this undertaking, has agreed to teach a three-session course at WICE during which we will learn
Why Berlioz is an important – even ground-breaking – French composer
Which of his works can be considered chefs d’oeuvre and why
What are some of the key innovations and characteristics of his music
Which musical excerpts will illustrate these
A special focus of this course will naturally be Les Troyens, in anticipation of the Strasbourg performance. We will learn what prompted Berlioz to transpose Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid to this musical medium, acquaint ourselves with the cast of characters, and listen to some of the arias and choruses that make it such a passionate work, so as better to enjoy and appreciate this monumental opera.
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