The Magic of Vienna (Part Two)
Start: 5th April 2013 at 6:00pm
End: 7th April 2013 at 2:00pm
Tutor: Julian Williamson
This course picks up the story with the Biedermeier age and the volcanic effects of the 1848 revolution. We cover all the great musicians who flocked to work in Vienna: Rossini, Paganini, Liszt, Wagner and Otto Nicolai, founder of the Vienna Philharmonic. We will also follow the work of the many composers who made their home there in the ensuing years – Brahms, Mahler, Schoenberg and others. When we have finished we will have witnessed a unique period in which this amazing city produced a continuous stream of wonderful music. You do not need to attend Part 1 to enjoy this course.
Tutor Profile: Julian Williamson
Julian Williamsons’s career, over some 40 years, has been divided between work as a conductor and a lecturer. As a conductor he has directed many orchestras and choirs, giving concerts in all the main London venues, all over the country and abroad. As a lecturer his work takes in regular series of talks in London, courses for many residential colleges around Britain, and work for travel companies – for the past 10 years he has given opera talks for Saga Travel in Italy. He has always tried to make the subject matter of his courses as wide as possible, ranging from particular composers (Monteverdi to Shostakovich), through looking at styles of music (symphonies, concertos, chamber music), to investigating the influence on music of various cities or countries (Paris, London, Vienna, Venice etc). To all these he feels his work as a performer can combine with his research to give a rounded picture of the subject.