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Course Description

"War and pieces." Throughout the history of classical and contemporary music, composers have reacted to war and conflict by crystalizing cultural reactions for their audiences through the language of music. This three-week lecture series, seasoned with humor, emotion, and discovery, will be presented as interconnected building blocks examining the relationship between music and the art and imagery of warfare and conflict. From flashy military marches to orchestral bomb blasts, great composers enmeshed in the tribulations of their own times have reflected upon the topical news of the day—often with expressive, wildly influential results. We will examine how articulating conflict through the language of music has given voice to history, from Beethoven to Shostakovich, from Woodstock to Randy Rainbow, from WW I to WW II and possibly (but hopefully not) WW III. It’s going to be an interesting ride. | Lecture + Q&A.
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