18 Dec 2016

Interrupted Cadences - Falling on their feet

From The Sunday Feature, 2:00 pm on 18 December 2016
Claudio Monteverdi - possibly

Claudio Monteverdi - possibly. Portrait of a musician by a Cremonese Artist (c 1570-1590) Photo: Public Domain


Like Monteverdi and Haydn and Beethoven, Wagner finally owed his position in Western music to the intervention at a critical moment of a powerful, wealthy and supportive patron, one who would offer not only financial security but also the opportunity to exercise his compositional talents and skills with the minimum of restrictions. It was these patrons, as much as the composers, who determined the future course of musical history.




John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out differently.


Wagner Photo: Commons