Brahms through the Looking Glass
Start: 18th May 2012 at 6:00pm
End: 20th May 2012 at 2:00pm
Many people have investigated the greatness of Brahms, so in this course I want to do something slightly different. We will look at his life and music through the eyes and ears of his contemporaries. We will delve into the diaries and letters of Robert and Clara Schuman, Hans von Bulow, the great violinist Joseph Joachim and Dvorak. We will hear the acerbic opinions of Richard Wagner and many others. We will unearth some critical appraisals, particularly the articles of Eduard Hanslick and, with portraits from close friends and colleagues, will build a picture of the life and music of this great genius from the perspective of all those who knew him.