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FRANZ SCHUBERT : THE PIANO AND THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP Graham Griffiths Thursday 11 April 2019

The great composer Franz Schubert (1797-1838) surrounded himself with a brilliant circle of artists, poets, and musicians, whose talents and kindness fed his Romantic creativity. This presentation tells the fascinating story of how Schubert rewarded his friends with gifts of his ‘divine music’. Celebrated images of Schubert – in concert, playing comic charades, or travelling by horse-drawn carriage across Austria - are illustrated by Dr Griffiths at the piano via musical ‘postcards’ which immortalize the names of Schubert’s devoted companions, including the sweet Kupelwieser Waltz (written as a wedding present) or the amusing Hüttenbrenner Variations. Dr Griffiths offers invariably helpful explanations, delivered in his inimitable style from the keyboard. To conclude, a performance of Impromptus (1828): masterpieces of great lyrical beauty and power which bring the presentation to a rousing finale.

Dr Graham Griffiths is a lecturer, conductor, pianist and composer.  He has a BMusHons  from Edinburgh, a DPhil from Oxford, and is Music Research Fellow at City University of London.  He is Musical Director of Grupo Novo Horizonte de Sao Paulo (featured on BBCR3) and has made recordings of Latin American Sacred Music and Brazilian contemporary music.  He has composed music for film, and his work has been featured by public service broadcasters in several countries.

Graham Griffiths gives lectures and concerts in the UK and around the world, including Denmark, Brazil and Russia.  He has written and edited works on Stravinsky, and has made guest appearances at the St Petersburg International Conservatoires Festival, performing lost works by the Russian pianist and Romantic composer Leokadiya Kashperova, who was Stravinsky’s piano teacher.  Dr Griffiths’ research on Kashperova featured in the BBCRadio3/AHRC celebration Five Forgotten Female Composers on International Women’s Day in 2018.