NADFAS at Night Lecture-Recital
Peter Medhurst GRSM ARCM
In 1791, the English traveller, Thomas Brand, raced breathless through the night to Venice in time to hear a performance of an oratorio by Anfossi. He was not disappointed, and later remarked ‘I never expect so long as I live to hear such music and such execution’. Although Brand was an amateur, Italy - or ‘the land of music’ as Francis Head once described it – also attracted a wide range of professional musician, who, in addition to enjoying the performances, learned part of their musical craft there.
Others discovered Italy could offer musical items of a superior quality to those on offer at home; and Lord Burlington returned to London not only with a fleet of Florentine and Venetian harpsichords, but also a live violinist, Pietro Castrucci.
In this illustrated lecture, Peter Medhurst takes a look at 18th-century Italian music-making – the composers, the performers, the forms and styles – and determines exactly what it was that drew the musical British travellers south, time and time again.
5.45pm: Late Gallery viewing/refreshments
Music included in the lecture:
Excerpts from Stabat Mater
Voluntary in D minor
J C Bach
Sonata No. 5 for piano
Booking essential: nadfas.org.uk, in person from the Barber Institute reception, or by calling 0121 414 2261 (card payments only).