May Philosophy Café
Malcolm John, Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre, presents: ‘Changing styles in music – 1500 and Beyonce!’
Wednesday 29 May from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel, 126 Pakington Street, Geelong West.
On Wednesday 29 May from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel, Malcolm John, Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre, will present ‘Changing styles in music – 1500 and Beyonce!’
From the power of the church and courts of Europe to promote music for their own purposes, through the patronage years of the Renaissance & Classic periods, to the individualised Romanticism and growing middle class of the 19th Century, music has played an important role in a changing society. In the 20th Century, mass communication and new electronic inventions have made music immediate, popular, and available to all.
Malcolm John was educated at Ballarat and Geelong Colleges, and received his B.Mus from the University of Melbourne. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York, where he gained a Diploma in Chorale Conducting. He also completed his Ph.D on Youth Music-Drama at the University of York, UK, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in piano pedagogy. His teachers include Max Cooke, John Ingram, Vincent Persichetti and Wilfrid Mellers. His book, 20th Century Music Drama in Schools, was a 1970 C.U.P. publication. Influences have been, among others, Britten, Hindemith, Bach & Bartok, and his style is usually linear, clear-cut and often transparent, with a mostly conservative harmonic and rhythmic texture.
Malcolm John’s music is essentially crafted for the performers for which it is written; it is lyric in style, with a touch of challenge. Amateur & youth groups are favoured, as is the sympathetic setting of texts, which are occasionally composed for solo performance.