Community Music Program July to November 2018

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Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Belle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:34 am

If anybody is interested I'm posting our community music program (enrolment 42) for the second half of this year. Our program has an excellent reputation for high standards. I've put beside each program the background of the presenter involved:

1. The Role of the E flat Clarinet System in early 20th Century New Orleans Funeral Parade music(Jazz Musician);
2. The Piano Sonatas of Beethoven: Part 1 - The early to middle (Heroic) period (yours truly)'
3. The Weimar Years: Freedom, Imprisonment and the Organ Works of JS Bach (professional organist, Master of Choristers);
4. Investigating and Assessing the Impact of Historical Performance on Singing (music academic):
5. Zoltan Kodaly as 20th Century Composer and Educator (retired pedagogue and pianist);
6. Exploration of the Compositions of John Adams (retired music teacher);
7. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Story of Symmetry in Music,(music academic);
8. Three Flutes play Baroque Improvisation, (musicians);
9. The Organ Music of Mendelssohn: the Neglected Composer of Organ Works(professional organist, Master of Choristers);
10. The Berlin Bach and the London Bach: Musical Contrasts(retired Engineering professor);
11. It Makes No Difference After Dark: Or Does it? Some observations of racial identity in jazz and popular 20th century music,(retired Ethnomusicologist, Jazz musician);
12. The Piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Part 2: The Middle Period to the late works (yours truly);
13. How Musicals are Created(retired West End Stage Manager).

This course has been running for 12 years now and it's becoming more challenging getting people with expertise to make the commitment for a presentation and on an interesting musical subject.

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by John F » Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:47 am

What an ambitious program! Thanks for posting it.
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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Belle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:35 am

John F wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:47 am
What an ambitious program! Thanks for posting it.
Thank you so much for your supportive comments. I absolutely love presenting my programs.

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by maestrob » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:05 am

Yes, Belle, it's a fascinating set of presentations! It's good to know that there's interest in these programs, a very ambitious undertaking. I was particularly struck by the jazz topics and the program on John Adams's work, which has gained traction even in Australia.

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Belle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:11 pm

The fellow presenting the jazz program on the Clarinet goes to New Orleans almost every year for the jazz. And the organist and Master of Choristers who is presenting the programs on Bach and Mendelssohn has played organ as a guest at Notre Dame in Paris. He's a lovely man of about 37 and his talk last year on Aristide Cavaillé-Coll introduced us all to a whole new world we would otherwise have known little or nothing about.

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Lance » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:18 pm

I know exactly your feeling about making your presentations. I've been doing it on the radio now 52 weeks a year for 50 years this coming December 2018! You just never know who is listening across our great globe. Even in the grocery store, someone will comment on a recent program. It is uplifting, for sure! Congratulations on the work you are doing in Australia. I understand there is a huge population in Australia for classical music, as I have discovered in Canada as well. Keep up the great work.
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Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:35 am
John F wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:47 am
What an ambitious program! Thanks for posting it.
Thank you so much for your supportive comments. I absolutely love presenting my programs.
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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Belle » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:46 pm

I feel that doing this community work means that I'm serving music in my small way. Giving back. It requires a commitment, as you know from your radio program (as also does John F). I like looking at the reactions of the people in the audience and really play to that, I must say. If they look bored or tend towards drowsiness I ramp up the tension and drama!! Then I ask questions to make sure they're remaining alert; "ok folks, you've got some homework!!". Passion and enthusiasm go a long way towards keeping audiences on their toes; a skill I learned in teaching!!

And it's co-incidental that you should mention your radio program - congratulations, BTW - because I was only looking here today trying to find out when it was on because I can now listen. Increased broadband internet speed has opened the world of internet radio; yesterday I was listening to Radio Stephansdom, Vienna on my bluetooth device. Another benefit is endless streaming from U-Tube and as I write this on another window I have open Jordi Savall's Bach B Minor Mass. What a high-energy performance it is too!!

Up until only recently my service wasn't good enough for consistent listening/viewing but our major Telco has been the subject of so many complaints that they've been forced by government to ramp up the speeds. Big time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDteccEwZNI

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Belle » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:35 am

Today we had an exceptional guest lecturer for our Music Appreciation program for the community. It was entitled "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Story of Symmetry in Music". It was presented by a medical specialist (Dermatology) who also holds a PhD in music, is a composer, violist and plays piano, has conducted the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, South Australian SO and WASO. He currently conducts a group called Camerata attached to our Anglican cathedral, teaches harmony and composition and is Conjoint Professor of Maths and Physics at our local university. He did his PhD on symmetry in music and what an interesting man he is!! One of these really gifted, hugely intelligent people with a wide range of interests - including art (and he waxed lyrical about Rothko!).

He started with Machaut and his palindromic piece ("My Beginning is My End"), explored works from the Renaissance, the Baroque (JS Bach, naturally) Haydn and Symphony 47 "Palindrome", through to atonal developments in Liszt, Debussy and the 2nd Viennese school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64rH_27_WIc

He also talked about the symmetry of the overtones based on Pythagoras and then symmetry in Schoenberg etc. So much ground covered and it was all perfectly intelligible. One of my friends sitting up the back said to me during the break "are you getting all this?" and when I said "yes" she looked surprised. I guess you did need a bit of a background in music. When I asked him about "The Golden Mean" in Bartok he enthused, "yes, I'm getting to that" (which he didn't!). He said a lot of mumbo jumbo has been written about symmetry in music but that some writing on the topic is actually intelligible.

What a great program!! We really are gaining a reputation in our city for sophisticated programs on music. Just today I've lined up a retired academic in music and drama to make two presentations/lectures next year: Opera in Performance 1: Scenes from Mozart and Janacek, Opera in Performance 2: Scenes from Berlioz and Britten. The spiel says "These talks analyse the relationship between words, music and stage action in scenes from opera. Each scene is first played to the group complete: then it is broken down into sections, and analysed both for what the music is saying about the situation, and for how the chosen production illuminates the meaning of the music and the drama". Though this academic has retired he still has two PhD candidates under supervision. I'm in my element with all this!! :D

My own program on the late Piano Sonatas of Beethoven is scheduled for 8th November and today's program certainly provided another tangential aspect to those which I can explore.

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Belle » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:20 pm

Yesterday we had 3 baroque flute players (all female) talking about Quantz and his treatise on baroque flute playing and demonstrating some of these ideas, the issue of HIP, ornamentation and they played two flute sonatas complete - one by Quantz and the other by Boismortier. We were handed music and they went through all the decorations and ornaments of the period and I asked questions about continuo playing under such a decorated base. The concepts of Extempore and Improvization were discussed. And we were provided with written out ornamentation examples from the Quantz treatise, "Explication unterschiedlicher Zeichen, so gewisse Manieren artig zu spielen, andeuten".

A wonderful program.

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Lance » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:39 pm

Interesting that you should bring up Johann Quantz. I can't recall any other discussions about the composer on these boards but there may be some. Quantz was not only a performing flute virtuoso (since the oboe didn't work out for him), he was a prolific composer offering hundreds of works for his now chosen instrument. Not only that, he was also a maker of flutes. I was roaming through my collection to see what works I had on disc of Quantz. There are some with the celebrated flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal [Erato-Warner], and a most interesting one on RCA Red Seal [61903] using original instruments entitled "Concert in Sansoucci." This is kind of a rarity recording with Roy Goodman conducting, but it includes works by Kimberger, CPE Bach, and a flute concerto by Quantz among other interesting pieces. Inasmuch as Quantz lived to almost the beginning of the Classical period in music (1697-1773), he paved the way for the myriad flute compositions that would follow in the Classical- and Romantic periods in music. Yours is the kind of community music program that would delight yours truly! Congratulations on the fine work you are doing "down under!" Of Boismortier, yes a few recordings I have, but not much other knowledge of his work. I rarely hear (if ever!) works by Quantz or Boismortier in actual concert.
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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Belle » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:43 am

Thanks for the comments. Our next program on 18/10 (we are having a break) is on the organ music of Mendelssohn and our presenter is our Christchurch Cathedral organist and Master of Choristers. We retain close links with the university conservatorium so this is why we have first class presenters.

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Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Post by Lance » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:16 am

Mendelssohn wrote quite a bit of organ music. Probably the best known are his six sonatas for organ solo that form his opus 65. Then there were numerous other works such as preludes and fugues, etc. This sounds like a wonderful presentation for your group. I wish I was there! Probably the least-known of Mendelssohn's output is — like Franz Liszt — his organ music.
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Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:43 am
Thanks for the comments. Our next program on 18/10 (we are having a break) is on the organ music of Mendelssohn and our presenter is our Christchurch Cathedral organist and Master of Choristers. We retain close links with the university conservatorium so this is why we have first class presenters.
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