Beethoven’s Long Shadow – lecture tour


For a while now I’ve been fascinated by the cusp of Romanticism in music, and how in the early nineteenth century Beethoven ushered in a new way of both thinking about and writing music, setting an inspiring and/or intimidating example for many composers who came after him.  I’ve turned these thoughts into an illustrated talk called “Beethoven’s Long Shadow” which I’m taking to these music clubs this autumn:

Wednesday 21st September, 7:30pm:  King’s Lynn Music Society, Assembly Room of the Trinity Guildhall, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ

Monday 17th October, 7:30pm:  Ross Classical Music Society, Christ Church, Upper Edde Cross Street, Ross-On-Wye, HR9 7BZ

Thursday 20th October, 7:30pm: Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP

And here’s a brief overview:

The death of Beethoven in March 1827 left the Austro-German composers who came after him with a serious problem:  how best to follow the example of this musical titan who had changed the world of classical music for ever?  Some such as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms built on the example of the past in creating a kind of Romantic classicism, music with a self-contained logic similar to that of Bach and Mozart, but reflecting a new nineteenth-century sensibility. Others – composers like Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner and Mahler – took Beethoven’s example as a starting point for music which was boundless in its ambition – works which encompassed all of human experience, and ventured even further than that, into the wild recesses of the Romantic imagination.  With the aid of selected recordings, still images, and live musical analysis, Sandy Burnett takes an in-depth look at this fascinating era of music making.