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

Event Date: 9 February 2015
Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

Inaugural Lecture

Professor Stephen Downes (RHUL)
On the Musically Sentimental: from Chopin to Barry Manilow

DownesSentimentalism 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.


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Vote of Thanks by Professor Stephen Goss (Surrey):

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