The Genius of JS Bach: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst - Context Travel

The Genius of JS Bach: A Live Musical Discussion with Peter Medhurst


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Join lecturer and recitalist Peter Medhurst live from his piano in London for a musical conversation that will put composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s genius in context.

Claude Debussy once said of Bach (1685-1750) that he was ‘a benevolent God, to whom musicians should offer a prayer before setting to work so that they may be preserved from mediocrity’. Since there is nothing mediocre about the works of Bach, he is certainly an ideal candidate for inspiring other composers. However, so highly developed are Bach’s musical achievements that it is easy to forget that he, too, had to learn his craft and develop a personal style through the study of other people’s compositions. The lecture examines the various aspects of Bach’s style, including his use of chorale, fugue, variation, sonatas, and concerto - that shape and mold Bach into the great composer that he is.

Led by a musician and scholar, Peter Medhurst, this interactive seminar will explore the life and work of J.S.Bach through discussion and live performance. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of what it is that gives Bach’s music its unique sound.

This conversation is part of a musical series with Peter Medhurst. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied composition and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music in London, and singing with Erik Werba at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is known today for his lecture-recital work which has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as to all the major cities in Europe. He lectures for The Arts Society, The National Trust, and The Art Fund. Peter also leads tours abroad to places like Venice, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, and Madrid, and as part of the time spent exploring these places he gives organ recitals on the historic instruments in the various cathedrals and churches.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Joyful part of the day

The combination of the lecture and piano playing to illustrate different parts of the talk was truly joyful. What a great break in my day.

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The Genius of JS Bach

Well done incorporating various pieces, and introducing contemporaries and their impacts.

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The Genius of JS Bach

Peter Medford's seminars on music are exceptional, and are wonderful additions to Context's offerings. These are not just straight lectures on musicians or music topics—they become personal reflections, and a happy sharing of knowledge about a subject he truly loves.

Everything Peter discusses is brought to life by his playing or singing it. Musical terms become understandable and real by hearing them; one musician’s influence on another is made clear by hearing them both and having him point things out in the music.

His love , knowledge and enthusiasm are matched by an exceptional ability to make the complex clear, and his enthusiasm is a gift.
I’ve known music well all my life, and I’ve gained greatly from his talks!

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Lisa Dimberg JS Bach Review

Peter's program was a wonderful overview of Bach's life and musical genius as well as an explanation of his influence on other composers and other composers' influence on him.

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T.B.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
86%
(6)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
A
A.
Joyful part of the day

The combination of the lecture and piano playing to illustrate different parts of the talk was truly joyful. What a great break in my day.

B
B.
The Genius of JS Bach

Well done incorporating various pieces, and introducing contemporaries and their impacts.

m
m.b.
The Genius of JS Bach

Peter Medford's seminars on music are exceptional, and are wonderful additions to Context's offerings. These are not just straight lectures on musicians or music topics—they become personal reflections, and a happy sharing of knowledge about a subject he truly loves.

Everything Peter discusses is brought to life by his playing or singing it. Musical terms become understandable and real by hearing them; one musician’s influence on another is made clear by hearing them both and having him point things out in the music.

His love , knowledge and enthusiasm are matched by an exceptional ability to make the complex clear, and his enthusiasm is a gift.
I’ve known music well all my life, and I’ve gained greatly from his talks!

L
L.A.D.
Lisa Dimberg JS Bach Review

Peter's program was a wonderful overview of Bach's life and musical genius as well as an explanation of his influence on other composers and other composers' influence on him.

T
T.B.

Guest did not leave comment