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Talks on Western Classical Music

Talks on Western Classical Music

Music Talks | English | 1hr 30mins
Wed 05 Jun 2024 - Fri 21 Jun 2024
Multiple Venues
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Stuart-Liff Collection Library: Thursday, 16th May – 4.00 pm


Little Theatre: Friday, 17th May – 6.00 pm

Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

In the second set of talks in May, Dr. Cavas Bilimoria will take the participants through Dvořák’s highly regarded Symphony No. 7. A profoundly intimate composition, it is perhaps the most sombre one of Dvořák’s oeuvre. The music, however, is fuelled by a bohemian spirit that is never burdened by its sentimentality. 

Stuart-Liff Collection Library: Wednesday, 5th June – 4.00 pm


Little Theatre: Friday, 7th June – 6.00 pm

Holst: The Planets 

In this series of talks on Western classical music, Dr. Cavas Bilimoria takes listeners through musical concepts, the lives of composers and their famous works, sprinkled with examples of recorded music. The first set of talks this month will take you through the astronomical soundscape of British composer Gustav Holst’s composition, The Planets. Each of the seven movements in the orchestral suite takes the name of a planet and its metaphorical character—from Mars, the Roman God of war to the mystical Neptune. 

Stuart-Liff Collection Library: Wednesday, 19th June – 4.00 pm


Little Theatre: Friday, 21st June – 6.00 pm

Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

Borodin: Notturno from String Quartet No.2

Selections from Walt Disney’s Fantasia

In the second set of talks in June, Dr. Cavas Bilimoria will take the participants through Borodin’s classics. These include In the Steppes of Central Asia, a symphonic poem describing a caravan passing through the grasslands of Steppes and Notturno, the third movement of Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2, which is thought to be a 20th-anniversary present to his wife.

The 1940 Walt Disney movie, Fantasia, sought to popularise classical music, particularly for those who stayed far away or could not afford to attend live concerts. Dr. Bilimoria will discuss two pieces from the Disney classic: ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ and ‘The Dance of the Hours’.

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Little Theatre: NCPA
Nariman Point, NCPA Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021, India
Stuart-Liff Collection Library, NCPA: Mumbai
NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021, India

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