Haydn and the piano trio – music appreciation with Roy Stratford

Ref: SWE33537

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About this course

This weekend will explore the full range of Haydn's piano trios and will examine how the trios of Mozart and early Be e thoven evolved from them. There will be a resident piano trio to provide copi ou s musical examples.

Course Description

The dominant chamber music genre since the mid-seventeenth century has been the string quartet, a form pioneered by Haydn whom, it must be said, was also primarily responsible for the symphony, piano sonata and piano trio, quite some achievement!

The 45 or so piano trios are somewhat overlooked in comparison with the symphonies and quartets, and too often programmed as a starter before the main event of a Beethoven or Brahms trio. This is unfortunate as they contain some of Haydn's most original and beautiful music, and so this weekend course will explore the full range of these pieces and will examine how the trios of Mozart and early Beethoven evolved from them. There will be a resident piano trio to provide copious musical examples.

A recital is included in the programme for course participants. Non-resident students who would like to book dinner at the College on Saturday evening prior to the recital, should book this in advance with the Bookings Office. Additional tickets may be purchased for guests via www.westdean.ac.uk/events.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • A ticket for the recital on Saturday evening

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pen if you wish

Additional information

Additional tickets for public/guests for the recital are available to purchase online, in advance or on the evening. Please book tickets via www.westdean.ac.uk/events. Tickets cost £15.


Roy Stratford

Roy Stratford was very lucky to have had a music teacher at school who had been a student of the great Austrian modernist composer Anton Webern and who inspired in him a great love of music and a particular interest in the Austro-Germanic tradition from Bach to Stockhausen. He went on to study music at Reading University and then the Royal College of Music ( conducting with Norman del Mar) and has since developed a very varied musical career as pianist, conductor, composer and lecturer.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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