For many, or maybe most music-lovers, their experience of listening starts in the later seventeenth century and extends to the end of the nineteenth with a gaping hole at either end. The music of the twentieth century (and of now) is perceived as difficult to enjoy mostly because the language has somehow become unfamiliar.
These four talks, given by Roy Stratford, attempt to address that unfamiliarity, to explain how and why the language changed and to give insights into possible ways to enjoy music which at first hearing sounds forbidding and alienating. On the other hand, composers such as Shostakovich, Britten, Copland and Prokofiev present few problems of comprehension as they stayed closer to the traditions of the nineteenth century, still writing symphonies and sonatas in a recognisable and direct musical language while remaining true to the spirit of the age.
* Thursday 7 February 5pm – 6.15pm
* Thursday 14 February 5pm – 6.15pm
* Thursday 28 February 5pm – 6.15pm
* Thursday 7 March 5pm – 6.15pm