Tuesday, 4th – 6.00 pm
Stuart-Liff Collection Library
Friday, 7th – 4.00 pm
An NCPA Presentation
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy Overture)
Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
Borodin: Notturno from String Quartet No.2
“Western classical music is heavy.”
“The music of Beethoven and Mozart is difficult to understand.”
There are several misconceptions about this rich tradition of music. But from the chords of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata which inspired the hit Beatles’ track ‘Because’ to countless films where snippets of classical compositions have heightened the joy, drama or pathos, we are surrounded by classical music. In a new series of talks, Dr. Cavas Bilimoria will take participants through musical concepts, the lives of composers and their famous works, sprinkled with examples of recorded music.
In the third talk of this series, he will discuss the beloved works of two Russian composers. Starting with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and its three main themes, we move to Borodin’s classics. These include In the Steppes of Central Asia, a symphonic poem describing a caravan passing through the grasslands of Steppes and Notturno, the third movement of Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2, which is thought to be a 20th anniversary present to his wife.