Music Appreciation day – Mozart & Beethoven Saturday 18th June, Chorleywood, just north of London
Mozart K464 & Beethoven’s Op. 18 No.5
Levon talks about Mozart’s K464 and Beethoven’s Op.18 No.5 which are the subject of an entertaining, stimulating Saturday afternoon in Chorleywood:
“Before Beethoven had even written a quartet, he copied the Finale of Mozart’s A Major into his sketchbook, exclaiming, “Now this is a GREAT work!” The longest and most Beethovenian of Mozart’s works, perhaps in trying to emulate and please Haydn, Mozart almost changed his style to produce a work of extraordinary creativity and textures. Beethoven paid his homage and tribute to Mozart by echoing many of its ideas”
This day will focus on two great quartets: Mozart K464 And Beethoven Op 18 No 5. The Chilingirians will provide a fascinating and enlightening study of Mozart K464 and Beethoven Op 18 No 5 Quartets, that aims to illustrate what a touching tribute Beethoven paid to Mozart’s most daring quartet!
The day is hosted at Chorleywood Free church, a lovely 1905 Arts & Crafts church with excellent acoustics. The venue has disabled access and facilities. There is on street free parking. Talk, audience questions, musical illustration and an informal performance of the two pieces by the Chilingirian Quartet.
Saturday 18th June 2016
10.30am – 4.30pm, Chorleywood Free Church
Students & under 18s £25
MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL – FOR STRING QUARTETS AND ENSEMBLES
Our Music Summer school for string quartets and ensembles takes place at West Dean College each year. Since its first year in 1983, many quartets and ensembles – student, amateur and professional – have benefitted from the immersive and supportive learning experience offered on the summer school. Many have used the course as a final preparation for important international competitions and concert engagements.
Generous bursaries offered by the College..
for quartets/ ensembles of music students or young professional players. – Application deadline 30 April 2017
A maximum of seven string quartets or ensembles are accepted to the course, each year.
Each of the participating quartets/ensembles enjoy:
Concentrated study and daily coaching sessions with each tutor
A practice room allocated to each quartet/ensemble for the week
Performance opportunities and student concerts
Informal playing with tutors
Complimentary tickets to both concerts given by the Chilingirian Quartet, during the week
“The quartet are wonderful teachers… the coaching sessions are demanding, but laughter filled. We get great ideas and use them throughout the year. The joy of playing quartets is paramount. In the evenings we socialize in the bar area discussing topics ranging from old music recordings to current football stars. All four are wise, knowlegable and funny” (student feedback)
The Chilingirian Quartet give a concert on Saturday 8pm 15 July 2017 featuring Mozart ‘The Hunt’,
K 458, Elgar Quartet, Beethoven Op 18 No 6. Additional tickets may be purchased via the Events page at www.westdean.org.uk. Event code QT7256 £15
These are in addition to the performance opportunities offered to the summer school students during the week.
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The Chilingirian Quartet is one of the most famous names in British chamber music with an international reputation forged over 4 decades. Formed in 1971 by Levon Chilingirian, Mark Butler, Simon Rowland-Jones and Philip De Groote, all recent students at the RCM, the quartet brings a wealth of musical history, tradition and relationships with the greatest names in world chamber music from the 20th century and this informs their practice today.
Tradition, subtlety, verve and insight characterise their approach. Levon’s early influences include Manoug Parikian, Hugh Bean and musicologist Hans Keller. Levon’s career was launched winning the first prizes in both the 1969 BBC Beethoven Competition and the 1971 Munich Duo International Competition. Stephen Orton studied with William Pleeth, is principle cello with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Susie Mészáros studied with Sándor Végh, was principle viola with Camerata Salzburg making her debut at Wigmore Hall in a duo with Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, winning the Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League competition. Ronald Birks studied with Alexandre Moskovsky, formerly of the Hungarian String Quartet. In 1971, he was invited to become second violin of the Lindsay String Quartet, with whom he remained until the quartet’s retirement in 2005, becoming a member of the Chilingirian Quartet in 2009.
Great performers and educators all, their precision, ideas and the wellspring of their art is firmly rooted in the great middle european tradition of chamber music performance.
The members of the Chilingirian Quartet will be discussing and reflecting on chamber music, the great works and the elements of performance at the highest level in podcasts, video interviews and articles. Join us.
“Now that is a great piece!” This was Beethoven’s comment when a visitor noticed he had copied the entire finale of Mozart’s A Major Quartet in his sketchbook. Join the charismatic Chilingirian Quartet for an enlightening study of Mozart K464 and Beethoven Op 18 No 5 Quartets, illustrating the touching tribute Beethoven paid to Mozart’s most daring quartet. Informal performances will complete the day.
ABOUT YOUR COURSE:
This day will focus on two great quartets: Mozart K464 And Beethoven Op 18 No 5.
Join the charismatic Chilingirian Quartet for an enlightening study of Mozart K464 and Beethoven Op 18 No 5 Quartets, that aims to illustrate what a touching tribute Beethoven paid to Mozart’s most daring quartet!
Held in the beautiful surroundings of West Dean College, West Sussex is internationally recognised for conservation and creative arts. It has one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public. A unique place to study, visit or stay, it is a centre of excellence, creativity and tranquility. Underpinning it all is the vision of founder and Surrealist patron Edward James, connecting today’s students and visitors with a rich heritage of arts, craft and creative possibility.
LEVEL: SUITABLE FOR ALL
A subject focused course that is delivered to suit any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner. A structured start is followed by guided independent practice.
(provisional – this may be adapted by the tutors during the course)
Music appreciation Saturday 23rd April 2016 – Bartók and Beethoven
This event is suitable for all levels of music appreciation. A one day course focusing on two contrasting quartet’s: Bartok’s Third Quartet and Beethoven Op 18 No 1.
“Daring and virtuosic music”
There is no better introduction to Bartok’s music than his Third Quartet!
An amazingly concentrated work of 15 minutes with two sections of wildly contrasting music. Mysterious sounds are set alongside wild glissandi and Hungarian Folk Dances!
We complement Bartok with Beethoven’s Op 18 No 1, his first calling card to the Viennese public announcing that a new and revolutionary Quartet composer has arrived at the end of the 18th Century! Daring and virtuosic music including a depiction of the Vault Scene from Romeo and Juliet.
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LEVEL: SUITABLE FOR ALL
TIMETABLE (provisional – this may be adapted by the tutors during the course)