The music of the past hundred years is a wonderfully rich mixture of contrasting styles, trends and aesthetics, not to mention conflicts, contradictions and confusions. The lectures will consider a number of specific works in detail, in terms of their technical, aesthetic, social and political contexts. As a continuous thread in this texture, the music, life and times of Elliott Carter (1908 – 2012) will serve as an object of study in its own right, and as a sounding time-line against which to assess often contradictory and opposed developments. Clearly, there will need to be a high degree of selectivity about which works are discussed, and the sessions will take a broadly chronological approach which will also allow for an exploration of particular topics and themes.
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