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03 March 2020CLASSICAL ELEGANCE AND ROMANTICS Mozart and Beethoven Two Masters of Viennese Music

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Mozart and Beethoven

Two Masters of Viennese Music
Sandy Burnett Tuesday 03 March 2020

This Study Day has been especially created by Sandy Burnett, musician and broadcaster. It celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Beethoven was a crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in music. 

Sandy will look at two of the towering figures of classical, eighteenth century music – Wolfang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.  He will explore these two great composers and delve into their greatest works as well as reflect on the culture of late eighteenth century Vienna when the string quartet was king.

 The first session will explore the Amadeus myth: his dazzling career and mysterious death. The second session will look at why the Viennese loved the string quartet and will be illustrated through excerpts of quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and the so-called father of the string quartet, Joseph Haydn.  The third session will focus on Beethoven, whose influence on the way we appreciate music is still relevant today.

Sandy Burnett is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performance and lecturing.  Having spent a decade as part of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3, he now devises and leads cultural holiday all over the world. He was recently appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.


Homemade soup and a glass of wine, together with tea and coffee are included in the price.  Members are requested to bring their own sandwiches.

Price £25.00

Venue: Sutton Hall, Stockcross Church Road, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN.

Contact:  Katy Weston