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October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 2017
Room 102, Braun Music Center

Music and Meaning Seminar

In this seminar, participants engaged in in-depth analysis and exegesis of masterpieces of the orchestral and operatic canon to analyze the intersections of classical music and several aspects of the liberal arts, including philosophy, history, and sociology.

Time & Location

October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 2017
Room 102, Braun Music Center
Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Description

Music & Meaning Seminar

Through the centuries, mankind has attempted to encode all aspects of existence into works of art. In this seminar, conductor Stefano Flavoni and Stanford music professor George Barth will analyze the intersections of classical music and several aspects of the liberal arts, including philosophy, history, and sociology. They will aim to foster a discussion which scrutinizes the efficacy of both examples of music scholarship and the works themselves. As this, the seminar involved in-depth analysis and exegesis of masterpieces of the orchestral and operatic canon, an ability to read music is required.

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Faculty

  • George Barth

Stanford Music Department

Professor George Barth is Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Keyboard Programs at Stanford University. He has performed as recitalist, as soloist with orchestra, and as musicologist throughout the U.S. and Central Europe.

  • ​Stefano Flavoni

Conductor, Chamber Musician

Stefano Flavoni is an award-winning orchestra and opera conductor. He has performed in concert internationally including as principle conductor of the National Youth Choir of China and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of fourteen.

Syllabus

  • “How Music Works” (Music and Narrative), Saturday 10/14/2017

​SCOPE: Reading/analyzing music, counterpoint, sonata form, motivic composition, literary theory and music, contemporary methods

  • “The Purpose of Music” (Music and Philosophy), Saturday 10/21/2017

SCOPE: Developing a proficient knowledge of aesthetics and Art’s purpose, differences in artistic media, ethical issues in our patronage of the arts

  • “Representation and the Abstract” (Music and Artistic Movements), Saturday 10/28/2017

SCOPE: Literal vs. symbolic representation, absolute music and the romantic ideal, neoclassicism

  • “Style, Gesture, and Intent” (Music and Hermeneutics), Saturday 11/4/2017

SCOPE: Aleatory in music, Sociopolitical encodings, “Historically Informed Performance”

  • “Becoming Ethical Musicians” (Music and Society), Saturday 11/11/2017

SCOPE: Gender and sexuality, cultural clashes, choices in repertoire, cultural appropriation, finding happiness

Speakers

STEFANO FLAVONI

STEFANO FLAVONI

Conductor, Chamber Musician

GEORGE BARTH

GEORGE BARTH

First Principles Program Senior Fellow

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