Frederic Lamond’s life & time with Franz Liszt
by Music Appreciation group member David Pentecost


Our meetings are normally held on the last Friday of the month.

It has been a lovely year, with a varied programme.

In June we had ‘Music on a Summer Afternoon’  It was a magical piano recital held in a member’s home when Tatiana Stupak and Andreas Papadopoulos played for us.

We resumed in October when our meeting was hosted  in Pissouri. Our programme included Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending  Elgar Violin Concerto B minor  and
Bach Concerto in D Minor. We had a music quiz too and welcomed new members.

Our Christmas programme , accompanied by mulled wine and mince pies, was a repeat of ‘Christmas Joys’ first  held in 2003! Then it was a question of stopping and starting cassette tapes  for the 12 items on the programme. This time, with the help of YouTube, the C3A big screen and projector, we could watch as well as listen.

Our subsequent programmes have continued to make good use of technology. Two afternoons have been devoted to watching David McVicar’s glorious production of  the  ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ performed by the Royal Opera.

Our theme for the March programme was ‘Spring’ with composers ranging from Benjamin Britten, Delius, Haydn, Aaron Copland and of course Vivaldi! Some of it was quite a challenge but we were all enthralled by Astor Piazzolla  ‘The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’, Spring. Slovenska Filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra) Julian Rachlin, Violin & Conductor. Try it – it’s on You Tube!

We were absorbed by David’s mysterious lecture on Sunday afternoon, April 24th. The story involved an historic book of music discovered and bought very cheaply by David in a jumble sale in the early 1950s, a famous pianist, and some famous 19th century composers;  there are threads connecting all these aspects.  We heard how they are related,  and the talk included a BBC voice recording made in the 1940s, with the speaker telling us  about his memories of famous 19th century musicians.

Our last meeting before the summer break will be on Friday June 3rd, and our programme …?   Our speaker promises us

“Around the Horn: Everything you wanted to know about the horn, but were afraid to ask!

I will talk about the history of the horn, also known as the French horn, and demonstrate using my own instrument.

I will introduce a programme of music ranging from the baroque, through the classical period and ending with a work written at the start of the millennium.

Composers will include Vivaldi, Haydn, Beethoven, Weber, Strauss and Esa-Pekka Salonen”

New members are made most welcome to our relaxed afternoons, when we always have something home baked to accompany our tea break!

‘Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life’ (Ludwig van Beethoven)

‘Without music life would be a mistake’ (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Group Leader

Meeting: Monthly, usually the last Friday of the month at 14:30.

Venue: Various – contact Group leader

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