Revealed: The Great Composers of Our Time, with John Suchet
The voice of Classic FM’s weekday mornings, John Suchet, presents in person a fascinating and in depth talk on the some of the greatest composers the world has known: their music, their lives and their inspiration. Based on his three books John’s passion for and knowledge of classical music makes for an inspiring, educational and interesting talk for a variety audiences with audience questions answered.
This talk can be adapted in content and length to suit the venue, occasion and time available.
BEETHOVEN: THE MAN REVEALED
In his book and talk John brings Beethoven, the greatest composer of them all, vividly to life: his difficult childhood, his struggle for recognition in Vienna, his triumphs and his failures. How did he cope and flourish musically with the worst affliction a composer can suffer with: deafness? What effect did deafness have on his life? John tells the stories behind the most famous pieces of music, and also charts Beethoven’s frustrating, and ultimately futile, attempts to find a wife.
THE LAST WALTZ: THE STRAUSS DYNASTY & VIENNA
Their music encapsulated Vienna and does so to this day, but it hides an extraordinary story. A father and three sons composed some of the most memorable melodies in all music, but here was a family riven with tension and jealousy. An autocratic father who saw his eldest son eclipse him and become the undisputed Waltz King. All set in Vienna, where people were drinking champagne and waltzing to Strauss, unknowingly hurtling towards the First World War and oblivion.
MOZART: THE MAN REVEALED
John delves into the life of the most naturally gifted composer who ever lived. Mozart’s story is well-known: Austrian born, with a tyrant of a father who drove him relentlessly, an unhappy marriage to a spendthrift wife, a childlike character ill at ease amid the pomp of the Viennese court, and an early death that robbed the world of genius. Yet only the last is true. John uncovers the man behind the many myths.
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