Series 5 – Court-life, Conflict & Composers

Composers do not write in a vacuum. They are influenced by the world around them. This series looks at the lives of 7 composers and sees how the society in which they lived affected their musical output and their lives

1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

In his lifetime J.S Bach was known as a brilliant organist and teacher rather than as a spectacular composer. How was this the case?

2. Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)

Beethoven’s life mirrors some of the most tumultuous events in European history which affected his writing and musical output.

3. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

A musical war raged during Brahms’ life, the conservatives against the radical with him firmly in the musically conservative camp.

4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

We know so many ‘facts’ about Mozart’s life but this class looks at the ‘truths’.

5. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Tchaikovsky is considered Russia’s most popular composer but is also considered the first Russian composer to make a lasting impression internationally, while other Russian composers felt he was selling out to the West.

6. Richard Wagner (1813- 1883) vs. Giuseppe Verdi (1813- 1901)

How can two such different composers be writing for the same art form at exactly the same time?

  • Classes must be taken as a series of 6.
  • Each class runs for 1 and a half hours starting with coffee and cake. Please see website or call Andy for course times and dates.
  • All classes are held once a month and last for 1 and a half hours.
  • Minimum of 5 per class.
  • Locations are the Eastern suburbs or North Shore. They are easily accessable by public transport.
  • Address will be supplied upon enrollment.
  • Classes may be conducted elsewhere and can be customised to fit your specific group.