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Music Talk: Monday 10 May 2021
Meeting open for joining at 7:45 pm Beirut Time (GMT+3 or UCT+3)
Talk starts at 8:00 pm and until 9:30

Liszt's B minor Piano Sonata
Language: English
Speaker: Akram Najjar

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Profile of the Talk

A love professed for both Schubert and Schumann resulted in this masterpiece. Liszt adored them both. He was highly influenced by Schubert's one movement work: the Wanderer Fantasy. He also loved Schumann's program music which helped him establish Romanticism as a major movement in music. This one movement sonata leaves classical sonata form behind and generates a 30 minute stream of marvellous development of 5 different themes.
In the talk, Akram will show these and will also present a few musical "exercises" that allow listeners to be sensitive to various musical devices such as forms, sections, resolution, manipulation of themes.  The Sonata stands as a major work in the middle of the 19th century.

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.
When Akram was 14, he chanced upon an evening program that presented one Jazz great at a time. He was hooked in Jazz in parallel with his love for Classical music. In our earlier Season 3 and 4, he gave 2 workshops: "For the Love of Jazz" and "Ten Great Jazz Songs". He also gave a talk on "What is the Blues?" in Summer 2017.

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