Composers At Home

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20040314

With Loyd Grossman.

Admired for 'his remarkable talents' by the likes of Marie Antoinette and Haydn, the Bohemian Jan Ladislav Dussek knew Bach's sons and Napoleon; was implicated in a plot against Catherine the Great of RUSSIA and fled the French Revolution for ENGLAND, where he became a key player in the development of the early Romantic piano repertoire.

The memorabilia of his house in Soho records some of the salacious stories of his life and vividly captures the spirit of his age.

20051106

Loyd Grossman visits Puccini's home at Torre del Lago near Pisa, in the company of the composer's granddaughter, Simonetta Puccini.

In this lakeside villa, Puccini would compose through the night - and while away his leisure hours boating, shooting ducks and playing cards at the Club La Bohème.

20051113

Loyd Grossman visits Benjamin Britten's former home, The Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where he produced some of his finest works.

The house is now a centre for Britten research and performance.

20060409

Bartók: Loyd Grossman pays a visit to the Bartók Memorial House in Budapest.

20061008

Loyd Grossman visits Eynsford in Kent, once home to Peter Warlock, one of the most talented English composers of the early 20th Century.

He lived an eccentric lifestyle there until he died in suspicious circumstances at the age of 36.

The current resident of Warlock's cottage, Sally Coston shows Loyd around.

Vice-chair of the Peter Warlock Society, Malcolm Rudland, talks about the man known for such works as the suite Capriol, carols Adam lay ybounden and Bethlehem Down, and his song cycle The Curlew.

20070602

Loyd Grossman and pianist David Owen Norris visit Brinkwells, the country cottage in Sussex where, inspired by the idyllic landscape and local folklore, Elgar produced some of his finest chamber music and the celebrated Cello Concerto.

Bartok20050220

Loyd Grossman looks round the Bartok Memorial House in Budapest, the composer's last home in Hungary and where he spent one of the most productive periods of his life.

Filled with folk furniture and pottery, manuscripts and memorabilia, the house speaks volumes about the composer's interests, idiosynchrasies and, above all, his lifelong passion for Eastern European folk traditions.

Britten20050213

Loyd Grossman visits Benjamin Britten's former home, The Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where he produced some of his finest works.

Still very much alive with the spirit of the composer, The Red House is now a major centre for Britten research and performance.

Elgar20031214

Loyd Grossman and pianist David Owen Norris visit the thatched cottage of Brinkwells in the Sussex countryside where Elgar produced some of his finest music, including the celebrated Cello Concerto.

Holst20040307

Loyd Grossman visits the house in Cheltenham where Gustav Holst was born 130 years ago.

Meticulously restored to bring to life domestic life in Victorian ENGLAND, it contains many of Holst's possessions, including the piano on which he composed The Planets.

Jan Ladislav Dussek20040808

With Loyd Grossman.

Admired for 'his remarkable talents' by the likes of Marie Antoinette and Haydn, the virtuoso pianist Jan Ladislav Dussek was implicated in a plot against Catherine the Great of RUSSIA, and fled the French Revolution for ENGLAND, where he became a key player in the development of the early Romantic piano repertoire.

The memorabilia of his house in Soho records some of the salacious stories of his life and vividly captures the spirit of his age.