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Music Talk: Monday 6 June 2022
Meeting open for joining at 6:45 pm Beirut Time (GMT+3 or UCT+3)
Talk starts at 7:00 pm and until 8:30

Note that Beirut is changing into Summer Time (GTM+3) on the 27th of March

Brahms Violin Concerto: Developing Variations in the First Movement

Akram Najjar (English)

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Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto (in D major) at the age of 34 (still without a beard at that age). Expected to be highly influenced by Beethoven’s own Violin Concerto (same key), it turned out to be totally different and remains one of the major works in the repertoire.

The first movement is 22 minutes long and is a masterful example of Brahms’ Developing Variations, a term used by Schönberg to describe constant modification of motives and ideas in a theme and throughout a whole work. He used it to describe the works of Brahms whose compositions represented the most advanced form of developing variations. We will go through this movement showing how themes evolve and intertwine with each other as well as with the “descendent” generations of their initial statements.

Akram Najjar is a graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). By 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology and organizational management. He spent a lot of time on reengineering business and public sector processes.

Akram got introduced to Classical Music by his mother when he was sick for 6 months. She found that the only way to keep him busy was to bring a record player to his bed side while reading to him biographies of great composers. This love of music never left him, although he never took serious music lessons. Since that time, Akram was very involved in learning about music, as much as a non-musician can.
When Akram was 14, he chanced upon an evening program that presented one Jazz great at a time. This got him to love Jazz, in parallel with Classical Music.

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