Saturday 16 November 2019 at 19:00 - 20:30
Mountain and Music
Mountains and the upland landscape have always been an integral influence to musicians going back centuries. However, until the late 18th century, nature itself was seen as something to be tamed and if that was not possible, then to be avoided. Mountains were obstacles, places of danger, immense, immovable and uninviting. However, with the dawn of the Romantic age came a distinct shift in this symbiosis. As poets, composers and artists began to explore upland regions, both through travel and for leisure, then the mountain went from being a source of fear to being a source of inspiration.
Accompanied by Michael Cayton on the piano, Peter Van Hulle ( Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels, the Dutch National Opera and English National Opera amongst others ) we will explore and demonstrate the many ways that the uplands have affected composers and performers and focus on the role of the mountain in opera and art song, its wider influence on classical music and also how the very contours of the landscape shaped some of the best known melodies we have today.