Highlights of English Musical Heritage
For music lovers who are not necessarily musicians, the library is setting up a series of sessions aiming at illustrating the heritage of English Classical Music in its most specific and beautiful forms, mainly vocal music. Each session will focus on a composer, with a short presentation of the work and the composer, followed by the listening of selected pieces through selected videos, often with different interpretations. The point is to share comments and criticism with the group members.
Michel Cartillier, volunteer at the library, will start with a monument of English culture: Haendel’s Messiah…so very appropriate in this Christmas season. This first session will be dedicated to the first part of this work, the second session with the rest. Another session will deal with other vocal works of Handel. Dates to be announced.
Other sessions to come will be centered on Purcell, Elizabethan music, and the relations of Hadyn and Beethoven with England who transposed British folk songs in the classical form as we know it.
These sesssions are free and open to the public. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy!