Saturday, 6 August 2011
Here I Am
Next week is the first of our Summer Schools and so I shall be spending most of the forthcoming seven days listening to and discussing the development of the piano concerto. I love music but am no musician, so I've had to do a lot of research to be able to organise this one. We're focussing particularly on Beethoven, Schumann and Shostakovich, but of course we have to fill in round the edges as well and so the house has been resounding to the music of Corelli, Vivaldi and Mozart as preparation for Monday's opening session. Not that Corelli and Vivaldi wrote for the piano, but you do need to know where the concerto started to be able to follow the later developments
Once that's underway then I really must get down to the reading for the Literature Summer School, two weeks later. I have read the three books (Du Maurier's The House on the Strand, Emma Darwin's A Secret Alchemy and Rebecca Stott's Ghostwalk) before, but I do need to refresh my memory and organise the line through the discussions. What I'm really interested in is why the historical novel has suddenly become fashionable again and I hope we can explore that as well as the books themselves.
And then, of course, there is the 1485 programme to begin to pull together. A number of people have asked if there is any way that this could be opened up as an internet discussion. I'll have to think how this might be possible and also ask the other people in the group what they think, but the very basic website that I'm slowly building is open to all, so if you're interested you can see what we're planning at
Integrated Studies ~ 1485
I'll try and come visiting this week. I hope you're all well.