Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn
London, England EC1N 2HH

Speaker: Professor Roger Parker FBA
David Lean's 1945 film, Brief Encounter, is a classic example of the way film can
use music to drive the emotions of the audience. The film repeatedly returns to Eileen Joyce's
recording of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, each time further entwining the viewer's
emotions within the narrative. But how can this extravagant, extrovert music seem so perfectly
adapted to the repression and guilt that surrounds the protagonists?

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