“Henry Purcell – The English Orpheus”

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Henry Purcell – The English Orpheus”                 By Peter Medhurst

Despite his early death in 1695, Henry Purcell remains one of the finest musical figures of the late Baroque era, an all round English composer who wrote in a wide variety of musical forms ranging from tiny 16-bar harpsichord pieces to large scale works for the theatre. The lecture looks closely at Purcell’s music to see exactly what it is that gave him his unique and distinctive musical voice.  It also compares his style with that of contemporary musical wizards on the Continent, and goes on to assess the impact that Purcell had on later generations of composers, including Handel, Haydn, Tippet and Britten. There will also be a chance to sample some of Purcell’s songs and harpsichord works and music which Peter Medhurst will perform live during the event.

Monday, 26 May 2014, 20:00h, at the Fritz-Haber-Villa in

Berlin-Dahlem, Faradayweg 8 - side entrance Hittorfstrasse.

(U3 Thielplatz, Bus M11 Hittorfstrasse).

The non-member fee is € 10,00 per person. The student fee is € 5,00.

Doors open from 19.30h for sale of wine and soft drinks.

After the lecture we cordially invite you to stay for wine and snacks. 

Monday, 26. May 2014 - 19:30 to 22:00