• Subject : Music Appreciation
  • No. of Sessions : 5 (1 Cycle)
  • Time Schedule : 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Dates : 05 May 2010 | 12 May 2010 | 19 May 2010 | 02 June 2010 | 09 June 2010

  • Fee : AED 500 (1 Cycle)
  • Audience : Seniors (15+)
  • Speaker/Instructor : David Lesser
  • Venue : ARTSAWA | ALQUOZ
  • Description:

    Late Romanticism and Early Modernism
    The death of Richard Wagner in 1883 began an unprecedented period of experimentation in German opera, which produced some of the most beautiful and challenging operas ever conceived between 1880 and 1930. This short course will introduce the work of five of the most important operatic composers of the period and will highlight many of the musical, dramatic and emotional innovations of this extraordinary era.  All operas will be subtitled in English.
    1. Wagner’s legacy – Engelbert Humperdinck and Hansel und Gretel.
    2. Decadence and horror – Richard Strauss’ Salome.
    3. Psychodrama and Symbolism – the work of Franz Schreker and Die Gezeichneten.
    4. Romanticism and Expressionism – Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Die tote Stadt.
    5. “The first great opera of the twentieth century” – Alban Berg and Wozzeck.
    David Lesser studied the piano at the Royal College of Music in London and then the music composition at the University of Huddersfield. He was Senior Teaching Fellow in Music and Open Studies Certificate Cocoordinator at the University of Warwick (1993-2007). His music has been widely performed in Britain and Europe by Ensemble Aleph, Accroche Note, Linda Hirst, Ian Pace and others. As a performer he specializes in the music of the Twentieth century, vocal repertoire, and has given a number of world and British premieres. He is active as a composer, performer, lecturer and teacher.