October 2019

Beethoven at 250

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:30

2020 sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the revolutionary composer whose death in March 1827 left the Austro-German composers who came after him with a serious problem: how could they possibly follow the example of this musical titan who had changed the world of classical music for ever? Some, such as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms, built on the example of the past in creating a kind of Romantic Classicism which reflected a new nineteenth-century sensibility. Others, composers like Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner and Mahler, took Beethoven’s example as a starting point for music which was boundless in its ambition: works which expanded outwards to encompass all of human experience, and ventured inwards into the wild recesses of the Romantic imagination. With the aid of selected images, recorded excerpts and live musical analysis, Sandy Burnett takes an in-depth look at this amazing composer, and into this fascinating era of music making.


Mr Sandy Burnett

Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.