In Search of Leokadiya Kashperova: Musical Adventures in Russia
For a historian there can be little to match the excitement of discovering a forgotten treasure. Dr. Griffiths's eventful research across Russia to unveil the Romantic figure of Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940) offers the perfect example. Kashperova's lyrical music was selected by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts & Humanities Research Council for inclusion in their 2018 celebration of Five Forgotten Female Composers. This presentation offers narrative, images and musical performance at the piano(*) illustrating 'what it takes' to recover the life and works of a composer whom History has completely forgotten. Until now.
Stravinksy's Piano: Visions of Neoclassical Beauty
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), celebrated for The Rite of Spring, is also regarded as the father of Neoclassicism and the visionary spirit behind such enigmatic yet refined musical beauty. With illustrations at the piano(*) from such amusing miniatures as Les cinq doigts ('The Five Fingers'), the Valse pour les enfants (composed 'for the young readers of Le Figaro') and neoclassical masterpieces Serenade in A and Sonate pour piano - modelled on Bach, Beethoven, and flamenco guitar.
Franz Schubert: The Piano & the Power of Friendship
The great composer Franz Schubert (1797-1838) surrounded himself with talented friends, whose affection for him stimulated his Romantic creativity and kept him ever amused. This fascinating presentation reveals how Schubert rewarded his companions with gifts of his 'divine music'. Celebrated images of Schubert - playing charades or travelling by horse-drawn carriage - are illustrated by Dr Griffiths at the piano(*) in his inimitable style.
"The Astonishing Master Mozart comes to London"
This entertaining and informative presentation tells of the Mozart family's residence in London (1764-5) when the 8-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus befriended George III and became the subject of medical research... Dr. Griffiths illustrates his talk at the piano(*) with explanations and performances of Mozart's witty and precocious miniatures. Music by Mozart's own child-prodigy Franz Xaver brings the 'talk' to an emotional conclusion.
(*): For venues without a good piano, Dr. Griffiths provides a quality keyboard with the sonority of a concert 'grand'.