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Thematic Transformation in Wagner 2014Wagner Society of Scotland

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Unusually, this is an afternoon meeting of the Wagner Society of Scotland. Meetings are open to all, prospective members welcome.  Generally events take place at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, 3 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3BL on Sunday evenings 7.30-9.30pm unless otherwise specified.

Speaker: KEVIN STEPHENS: "Thematic transformation in Wagner"

Composers have always found ways to develop and transform musical ideas and Wagner was no exception. Kevin Stephens will explore how he manipulated some of his themes, how some of the transformations were intended to be recognised and how others were disguised, and how new themes were generated from old ones creating a web of connections across an opera. Looking mainly at Holländer, Tristan and Meistersinger this talk explores how Wagner uses shape, rhythm and devices such as inversion and reversal to transform his themes.

Kevin Stephens has had a varied career in music and opera, as critic, festival director, arts administrator, consultant, lecturer and author. Since 1997 he has been a tutor and module author for the Rose Bruford College distance learning opera degree, writing the modules on Wagner's Ring cycle among others.

Admission: Members £7 / Non-Members £10 

Performance DatesThematic Transformation in Wagner 2014

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2 Nov, 14.30

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