Tuesday, 6 May 2008, 6:00PM

Beethoven - Quartet No 9 in C major, Op 59 (Rasumovsky)

Professor Roger Parker FBA

One of six lectures devoted to a major work in the string repertory. Each will end with a complete live performance of the work by the Badke Quartet. The lectures will discuss both the historical and musical background of the work in question, and examine any particular performance problems that it raises.

The Badke Quartet, formed in 2002, is widely recognised as one of Britain's finest young string quartets. Recipients of the Leverhulme Junior Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal College of Music from 2003-2005, and the Bulldog Scholarship for String Quartet at Trinity College of Music in 2006, the Badke Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances.

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Professor Parker was the Gresham Professor of Music between 2006 and 2010. He is currently the Thurston Dart Professor of Music at King’s College London. He studied at the University of London, first at Goldsmiths, then at King’s. He then taught at Cornell University, at Oxford and at Cambridge, where he was Professor of Music and served as Chair of the School of Arts and Humanities. He has held Visiting Professorships at Princeton and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Ernest Bloch Lecturer.
Roger Parker's work has centred on opera, in particular Italian opera of the nineteenth century. For ten years he was founding co-editor (with Arthur Groos) of the Cambridge Opera Journal, and he continues as General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti Critical Edition. He was a Guggenhiem Fellow in 1986-7, received the Premio Giuseppe Verdi in 1986, and in 1991 was awarded the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association. He has produced numerous publications but his latest book is Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio.

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6 May 2008

Beethoven - Quartet No 9 in C major, Op 59 (Rasumovsky)
Professor Roger Parker FBA

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