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Thurs Feb 24, 2022 7:30pm: In Search of the Fantasia
As a genre label, the “Fantasia” has attracted the interest of composers from the 16th century to the present. As a form rooted in improvisation and characterized by formal flexibility, defining the “fantasia” proves to be no simple task. On his February 27 recital, the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will offer a glimpse into the extraordinary stylistic range of the “fantasia” with a program of Sweelinck, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and George Benjamin, among others. In preparation for what promises to be a fascinating program spanning nearly 400 years worth of music, this presentation will offer listeners an introduction to the elusive genre of the “fantasia.” We will consider the history of the genre not simply as an inventory of works and composers but as a form that is grounded in musical practice itself.
Hosted by Richard Giarusso, PhD
Dr. Giarusso is the Dean’s Fellow, Associate Professor and Chair of Musicology at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. He is a versatile musician with practical and scholarly experience in a wide range of repertoire. After undergraduate study in music and English at Williams College, where he worked closely with Kenneth Roberts, he earned the PhD in historical musicology from Harvard University, completing his dissertation under the supervision of Reinhold Brinkmann. He joined the musicology faculty at Peabody in 2007.
Tues Jan 11, 2022 7:30pm: Tradition and Innovation in Russian Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries, PART 1
In this lecture, we will explore the cultural and political contexts that shaped the development of Russian musical style in the past two centuries. The first presentation in this two-part series will focus on the historical roots of a distinct Russian musical tradition with a consideration of the legacy of Mikhail Glinka and the generation of composers (including Rubinstein, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others) who followed him.
Tues Jan 18, 2022 7:30pm: Tradition and Innovation in Russian Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries, PART 2
In this lecture, we will explore the cultural and political contexts that shaped the development of Russian musical style in the past two centuries. The second presentation will take us into the 20th century, with a focus on music of Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and the post-war composers (including Schnittke, Gubaidulina, and Ustvolskaya) whose work came to define a new Russian avant-garde in the second half of the 20th century.
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