A fascinating and different way to learn about great composers! For every pair of front-rank composers who couldn’t stand each other and despised each other’s music, there have been many groups of two or more who have inspired and encouraged each other in various ways. A wide range of musical selections will illustrate these composers’ common traits and examine how the composers may have influenced each other’s music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi; Carl Maria von Weber, Hector Berlioz and Franz Liszt; Edvard Grieg, Frederick Delius and Percy Grainger; Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Modest Mussorgsky; Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss; Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky; Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst; Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten. Their personal relationships with each other will also be discussed, including excerpts from their correspondence.

The stellar roster of performers on DVD and CD includes conductors Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Sir Thomas Beecham, Bernard Haitink, Neeme Järvi, Carlos Kleiber, Kurt Masur, Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Sir Georg Solti and Rafael Kubelik; pianists Alfred Brendel, Marc-André Hamelin, Martha Argerich, András Schiff, Denis Matsuev, Leif Ove Andsnes and Emil Gilels; violinists Hilary Hahn, James Ehnes and Julia Fischer; and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The course includes the film Song of Summer, which dramatizes the final years of Frederick Delius’s life. “An immensely moving story of sacrifice, idealism and musical genius” – DVD Beaver

Five Tuesdays, Sep 24 to Oct 22, 2019
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Fee: $125

This course takes place in the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. To register, please call 204 475 0483, drop by the store, or log on to www.mcnallyrobinson.com and click on Community Classroom. Please note that contents, fees and dates are subject to change.