The Ever Turning Wheel of Fortune - Carl Orff and Carmina Burana
Emeritus Professor Chris Green OBE
Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street
Sat, 22 Jun 1910.00am - 12.30pm
Ticket(including refreshments): Institute/Trianon members £5.00
Who would have imagined that some dusty manuscripts stored in a European monastery would provide inspiration for Munich-born composer Carl Orff. It was to prove a decisive turning point in his career when, in 1937, Carmina Burana was first performed. The manuscripts included poems about fortune, spring, meadows, the tavern and courtly affair.
If fate and the ever-turning wheel of fortune are themes running through Carmina, then that just about sums up Orff’s career and personal life. He tried to win patronage from the Nazi SS, withheld his support for musical colleagues during the Second World War, and would be arrested by the Allies as a Nazi collaborator.
This talk will focus on his life, on Carmina and the impact the work has had on choral music – it is reckoned to be one of the world’s “loudest” pieces.
Kind of Blue: a 60 year Retrospective
Dr Graham Platt
Sat, 22 Jun 1914.00 - 15.30
Tickets £5.50 (£5.00 for Institute members)
Part of Ipswich Jazz Festival.
Miles Davis's album Kind of Blue was recorded exactly sixty years ago, in Spring 1959, and is considered by some to be the greatest jazz album of all time, marking the decisive break between bebop and modal jazz.
This presentation celebrates Davis's achievement, some of the developments that led to it and some aspects of its legacy.
Mildred Bruce - British Aviator and Racing Enthusiast
Wed, 26 Jun 1919.00 - 20.30
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.
A woman 50 years ahead of her time. Having bought her first plane from a shop in Regent Street she was soon running a company which was the first to use air stewardesses.
She held numerous records for solo long-distance motoring and motor-boarding. She lived life to the full. Who was she?
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