Magyars and Gypsies – Liszt and the Hungarian Nation
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Franz Liszt was a cosmopolitan figure – he even visited Leamington Spa –but with the rise of Hungarian nationalism he was increasingly seen as the soul of the Magyar people, a position solidified with his wildly popular Hungarian Rhapsodies. Why did Liszt and others associate Hungarian music with gypsies?
This lecture explores what it was to be Hungarian at the time of the creation of the new capital city of Budapest in 1867, and why the much younger Bartok challenged his view of the Hungarian national style.
Biennial Dinner – May 2016
On 25th May, we held our biennial dinner at Stoneleigh Abbey – with an excellent meal in a beautiful setting, followed by a talk on the history of the Abbey by the curator David Eaves.
The evening was a great success and very well attended.
Riviera Paradise – February 2017
On 17th February 2017, Mary Alexander visited us again at the Glebe Hotel in Barford, to talk to us on “Riviera Paradise: a fusion of art, design and pleasure on the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s and 30s.”
Art and Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico – November 2016
On 18th November 2016, we hosted a Day of Special Interest, at the Glebe Hotel, Barford, given by Dr James Russell, entitled “Art and Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
As well as interesting lectures on the history and geography of the Santa Fe area, and how an artistic community was attracted to the area, the work of Georgia O’Keeffe featured strongly. The day followed shortly after the end of the exhibition of her work at Tate Modern.
Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern