High Art and Low Life: Musical Diversity in 18th Century London

Course Ref: C3747157
Date: 1 meeting on Saturday 04/12/2021. 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: RISC
Tutor: Tony Short
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Fee: £27.00

Eighteenth-century London witnessed many profound musical and social changes. Beginning with the last works of Purcell, we will trace the century’s astonishing shifts of musical opinion as far as Haydn’s last symphonies, written in London in 1795. From around 1710, the next four decades were dominated by Handel, renowned for his operas and oratorios. Then came the famous Bach–Abel concerts, noted for introducing the very latest symphonies. Finally, in the 1790s, Europe’s most celebrated composer, Joseph Haydn, produced a string of undisputed masterpieces that directly appealed to the tastes of London’s musical connoisseurs. We will also examine the social context in which all this music-making took place. For example, audience riots were frequent and diplomatic relations with continental Europe were often extremely frosty.

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