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Elevenses at The Joan September Insights: Romanticism in Music and The Romantic Landscape

Source: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Posted: 1 Sep 2019
This September, Lecturer of Music Dr Paul Smith (University of New England); and Penrith Regional Gallery Director, Sheona White will guide you through four enlightening mornings of insight and discovery as they explore Romanticism in both Music and Art with The Composer’s Voice on Monday 9 September and A Conversation with Nature on Monday 23 September.

Each talk will begin at 11am with refreshments and a light morning tea, and finish at 12.30 with a short break in the middle with a short Q&A at the end.

Join Dr Paul Smith, Lecturer of Music (University of New England) for;

Romanticism in Music: The Composer's Voice (9 September)

The turn of the 19th century marked an important shift, where music started to become a direct expression of the composer. This was a sharp contrast to music of the Classical Period which was more directly wrapped up in a culture of private patronage, commissions, and sacred music. The beginning of the Romantic Period in music history saw composers crafting music for a newly formed middle class which demanded music that was borne of their emotional experiences in the world.

This talk will offer insights into the large number of new compositional techniques, instruments, and performance styles which developed during this transition. A major exponent of this was Schubert; and a love of salon music across Europe which offered intimate and special musical moments. This talk will also explore the first musical celebrities appearing around this time – the virtuosi - who appealed to large and diverse demographics. These composer-performers redefined the structure and role of the concerto and showcase a foundation for the ways money and music could be intertwined - a relationship that still exists today.

In September, Sheona White, Director of Penrith Regional Gallery considers;

The Romantic Landscape: A Conversation with Nature (23 September)

Who are some of the famous Romantic landscape painters and how did they develop their sublime visions?

Landscape paintings are among the most iconic works in history; they are emotionally evocative and remind us how beautiful the world can be. Landscape painting is a constant influence in popular visual culture today as we experience landscape art through film, photography and social media.

German artist, Friedrich and British artist, Turner take pride of place in major international art museums where they attract great visitor numbers with their enduring popularity. The Romantic Landscape will explore the conversations they began with nature and the inspiration they have sparked in others, including well-known Australian artists. Landscape in Australian art is persistently popular in many forms - this goes back to early colonial days and beyond. The famous Wynne Prize was won with a landscape painted in Emu Plains in 1919 and it remains the most popular painting in the collection at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The full program for September Elevenses will be as follows;

  • Monday 9 September 11am, Romanticism in Music: The Composer's Voice by Dr Paul Smith
  • Monday 23 September 11am, Romantic Landscape: A Conversation with Nature Sheona White

Tickets $15 per talk or $25 for two; ticket price includes elevenses, comprising light refreshments.

To book please call the Box Office on 02 4723 7600 or online

 
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