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Thursday, 19 September 2019, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Musical Openings

Jeremy Summerly

The hammerblow introduction to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony and the iconic four-note opening motif of the 5th Symphony, the unresolved start of Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde, the sensuously meandering melody that begins Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and the identical fanfare that opens both Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo and his 1610 Vespers

This lecture looks at how composers of all periods have risen to the challenge of how to write a memorable musical opening sentence.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture 

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Jeremy is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He also chairs the Academy's Continuing Professional Development Programme. 

He has delivered the annual Christmas carol service at Gresham College since 2014. In 2019, he was made Visiting Professor of Music History.

Professor Summerly's lecture series are as follows:

2019/20 Making Music

All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Music History can be accessed here.

Current Visiting Professor of Music

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