The Transforming Power of Music: madness, magic and ecstasy
Joseph Kuhnau (Bach's predecessor at St Thomas Church, Leipzig), paints a vivid and dramatic picture of Saul's restored peace of mind from a state of melancholia and madness, through the magic of David's harp playing in his Biblical Sonata. The harpsichord becomes a giant musical box in Walzing in the Ether by Stephen Montague. Philip Glass's Metamorphoses composed originally for a staging of Kafka's work induces an hypnotic trance, and Handel's ornately decorated Air and increasingly virtuosic variations from Suite No.3 transforms a simple chord structure. All topped with more treasures from the Foyle Special Collections Library.
Described in the Wall Street Journal as 'one of Britain's most distinguished classical harpsichordists' Jane Chapman is equally passionate about baroque and contemporary music, and is involved in cutting edge collaborations with ground-breaking musicians and visual artists, exploring innovative approaches to performance. Her CDs of 18th-century English music, The Lady's Banquet, and of the 17th-century French Bauyn Manuscript, offered the first extensive overviews if important sources previously unexplored on disc. Recent recordings include Berio's Rounds, and Three Windows (with electric guitarist Mark Wingfield and saxophonist Iain Ballamy). Her latest CD, WIRED, features new works with electronics by leading British composers.
The second half of this event will be performed by students from Trinity Laban. Further details to follow.
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