The Art of Listening with Rossen Milanov :: Music Narrative: How the Music Keeps Us Engaged

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
03:00pm EDT

Location Online Classroom


There is only one way to enter a composition — the beginning — and one way to exit — the end. It is music's time-dependent nature that enables it to be dramatic. In this course, we will refine our conception of musical form to highlight its time-dependent quality by focusing on a work's overall destiny. Just as in a narrative, such a novel or film, the overall destiny of a composition — its progress from beginning to end — is crucial to the music's dramatic and expressive intent. In a narrative, we follow the twists and turns of the plot as the story progresses to its ultimate outcome. Similarly, the myriad details in a musical composition are in service of a larger trajectory. Musical selections will include Beethoven, Ives, Ligeti, Webern, Berg, Britten, Chopin, and Varese.