Very brief reminder - The first music class at Gleacher Center starts Tuesday, January 10th!
The great pianist Alfred Brendel called Schubert “the most immediately moving of composers.” Poised between the rationality of the classical era and the fantastical imaginativeness of the ensuing generation, Schubert was uniquely equipped to combine intense subjectivity and raw emotional power with an exhilarating mastery of form and detail. We will examine his intimate masterpieces as well as his monumental song cycles, assorted lieder and chamber works, and the large-scale grandeur of the late symphonies. This course will explore these and related works and topics with listening, analysis, and historical commentary.
1/10/2012 - 2/28/2012
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Cultural Moscow and St. Petersburg in the Age of Realism
Russia in the mid-19th-century was a turbulent place where political upheaval created a synergy between art and politics. As Russia grew larger and more industrialized, revolutionary movements such as the Decemberists, the Petrashevists, and the Freedom Group challenged czarist rule. We will study the writings of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and consider how discussions of social issues were often disguised to avoid censorship. Composers such as Mussorgsky invented a new and completely Russian idiom, while figures such as Tchaikovsky and Rubenstein reconciled the burgeoning Russian artistic identity with Western practices.
1/12/2012 - 3/1/2012
Thursday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
J.S. Bach - One Day Seminar
This daylong seminar explores the hallmark of Bach’s achievement: the unique marriage of consummate craftsmanship and intense spirituality. We will examine the depth and complexity of a wide variety of his works, including preludes and fugues for the keyboard, concerti, and masses. We will discuss his phenomenal virtuosity, the sometimes surprising duties of a Kapellmeister, and his often contentious relationship with his contemporaries among the nobility and clergy. Finally, we will consider the impact of his tremendous legacy on subsequent composers.
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM