Music in Context

Music in Context (Gresham College). By Professor Christopher Hogwood. An analysis of key pieces in the classical music canon, considered within the context in which they were created.

Christopher Hogwood CBE was a world-renowned conductor, keyboard player, musicologist, writer, editor and broadcaster. As well as being the Gresham Professor of Music between 2010 and 2014, he was the founding director of the Academy of Ancient Music for over thirty years, before holding positions at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Cambridge and Cornell University. (from

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In Prison Camp: Messiaen 'Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps'
A lecture with live musical illustrations on Olivier Messiaen's 'Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps' ('Quartet for the End of Time'), which was composed whilst imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp, Stalag VIIIA, Silesia, in 1941.

At an Amateur Domestic Evening: Haydn Symphony no. 104 'London', arr. Salomon
A lecture on Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 104, commonly known as the 'London' Symphony, illustrated with live musical extracts of the piece.

In the Teaching Studio
Professor Stephen Rose in conversation with Florian Mitrea (piano). This event will include live musical performances of pieces by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Bartok which were created for teaching and study.

In Advertising - Ravel and Saint-Saens
A consideration of classical music that has been created with advertising in mind. Dr Stephen Rose's lecture is illustrated by live performances by a Royal Academy of Music chamber ensemble of Ravel's Introduction for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet (1905) and Saint-Saens' Fantaisie for violin and harp Op. 124.

For Self-promotion - Mozart
An investigation of Mozart's Quintet for piano and winds K.452, completed March 30, 1784 and premiered two days later at the Imperial and Royal National Court Theater in Vienna.

In Abstract - Schubert
A live performance of Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major, D.956 Op. Posth.163, delivered by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

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