Stephen Downes – On the Musically Sentimental: from Chopin to Barry Manilow

Sentimentalism has been a neglected, even derided notion in romantic music but this talk argues that it is a crucial aspect of some of the finest music of the 19th century. This will be exemplified, at the piano, by extracts from Chopin. The talk will also demonstrate an aspect of the legacy of romantic sentimentalism through considering Barry Manilow’s 1970s power ballad, Could it be Magic.

Erik Levi – Music – A Seductive Weapon in Political Diplomacy

Event Date: 25 February 2014 Windsor Auditorium Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX The Department of Music at Royal Holloway University of London presents: Inaugural Lecture Professor Erik Levi (RHUL) – Music – A Seductive Weapon in Political Diplomacy Few 20th century regimes utilised music more effectively as an instrument of propaganda than the Third Reich. Erik …