Baxter Music Programme
In 2019 we will host Barry Smith with A Beethoven Bouquet.
A BEETHOVEN BOUQUET
Dr Barry Smith, musicologist, conductor and organist
Three concerts on successive nights will pay tribute to the genius and versatility of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) as reflected in his chamber works. The lecture-performances will include the mighty and tragic Pathétique piano sonata, the lyrical Spring Sonata for violin and piano, and a late string quartet. Beethoven’s moving song cycle for tenor, An die ferne Geliebte, will also feature, as will the Elegischer Gesang for choir and string quartet. The choral component will be performed by the acclaimed VOX choir conducted by John Woodland. The concert on the final evening will consist of the composer’s Trio in B flat for piano, clarinet and cello, Opus 11, and the Septet in E-flat major, Opus 20, with Dr Peter Martens and his fine colleagues. Dr Barry Smith will introduce the pieces, relating them to Beethoven’s life and work, and discuss their unique musical qualities.