Variations on a Theme with Gwyn Parry Jones

Music Appreciation

Residential course

Gwyn Parry-Jones

12 February 2023 to 17 February 2023

£352 Non-residential week fee, from £858 Single bedroom or shared occupancy.

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This course is part of Dillington Discovery Winter week.

Though one of the most venerable of musical forms, the Theme and Variations is still very much in use by today’s composers. In its long history, it’s been the chosen genre for so many great masterpieces, with examples from Bach, Beethoven, Elgar, Brahms and Britten, to name but a few. There are also fascinating special types of variation procedure, such as the Baroque chaconne and passacaglia; while some themes, such as the ancient Portuguese melody La Folia, or Paganini’s famous 24th
Violin Caprice, have given rise to countless sets.

A feast of superb music awaits, experienced through excellent audio and video recordings.

Non-resident fee £352. Residential Fees From: £858. 

Course runs from Dinner on Sunday to Lunch on Friday.

Tutor information

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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