The Genius of Joseph Haydn: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst

The Genius of Joseph Haydn: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst


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Join lecturer and recitalist Peter Medhurst live from his piano in London for a musical conversation that will put composer Joseph Haydn’s genius in context.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) began writing his first compositions in the 1750s when the Baroque style was out of fashion and the true Classical style had yet to emerge. As a result, much of what Haydn wrote in the early years is self-taught and experimental in manner. Also, when he secured the post of Kapellmeister to prince Nikolas of Esterházy, in the early 1760s, Haydn found himself working in physical isolation and this – as he once remarked to his biographer Georg August Griesinger - "forced [him] to become original". The lecture examines Haydn’s unique compositional techniques in a range of periods in Haydn’s career, to build up a picture of what made the composer of 52 piano sonatas, 68 string quartets, and 104 symphonies, tick as a composer!

Led by a musician and scholar, Peter Medhurst, this interactive seminar will explore Haydn’s life and work through discussion and live performance. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of what it is that gives Hayden’s music its unique sound.

This conversation is part of a musical series with Peter Medhurst. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied composition and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music in London, and singing with Erik Werba at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is known today for his lecture-recital work which has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as to all the major cities in Europe. He lectures for The Arts Society, The National Trust, and The Art Fund. Peter also leads tours abroad to places like Venice, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, and Madrid, and as part of the time spent exploring these places he gives organ recitals on the historic instruments in the various cathedrals and churches.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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