Brahms and the Piano
Brahms was not only one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, but also a renowned concert pianist. So, it’s not surprising that the piano features centrally in his list of works. He created one of the great bodies of music in the solo keyboard repertoire and used the piano extensively in chamber music: in duos, trios, quartets and a magnificent quintet. Then there are the numerous songs, the works for piano duet, and largest of all, the two great concertos. We shall explore all of these in the lectures, with the help of video and audio recordings; and the weekend concludes with a concert given by the outstanding recital pianists Charles Owen and Dominic Degavino.
Music-lovers, including those with a special enthusiasm for piano music, will find much to interest them in both the talks and the concert. Brahms’s music for the piano is often both complex and immensely demanding for the performer, but full of intrigue and poetry too.
Note:- This course was originally scheduled for March 2020 but delayed because of Covid – 19
The course will conclude with a performance at the public concert by Charles Owen and Domenic Degavino.
Residential Fees From: £378. Non Residential: £260
Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.
Gwyn Parry-Jones is a widely experienced musician, as performer, conductor and academic. He has held posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading, where he was for many years Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford. As a performer Gwyn has played with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras among others, under the batons of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Barbirolli, Giulini and Rattle. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading. Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator and mentor for Music for Youth, and is a composer of numerous published works.
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