The Social Lives of Composers

10th September 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lorna Wright

The Social Lives of Composers
Thursday 10th September 6pm
hosted by Dr Catherine Preston

£3 to participate

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This session will be the first of a series that will uncover the some of the background to the lives of composers and the circumstances that influenced their music. For instance, did you know that Schoenberg suffered from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13)? He died on July 13th. 1951.

His fear was linked to the idea that 12 is the number for perfection (think 12 note row). It has even been suggested that he deliberately misspelled the title of his opera, Moses und Aron, to avoid it being 13 letters long.

The first session, on Thursday 10th September, will look at the social life of Beethoven and feature some anecdotes and stories surrounding his life and work. For example, did you know that Beethoven was famous for his improvising skills before he lost his hearing and he still retained perfect pitch for the rest of his life?

There have been thousands of words written about Beethoven, so I don’t propose to provide a description of his life and times. The session will focus on my experiences of playing, performing and studying  some of his music and I hope that others that others will join in with their recollections too. We may even finish with a Zoom playalong if I can sort out a suitable piece.

We will meet on Zoom, which works on all computers, tablets and smart phones. You don’t need to have any special programmes or apps on your device to make it work, you just follow a link which will be sent to you from Lorna the day before the meeting.

To make your payment for the session, simply make a BACS payment using the following details: A/c: 65560297 Sort Code: 08-92-99 Reference: “SOCIAL/your surname”.
If required, please send a cheque addressed to The Cobweb Orchestra to 5 Valeside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 9LA.