Professor of Music Theory Brian Alegant will give the President's Lecture, "Having the Last Word: My favorite Schumann Codas."
This presentation takes a close look at a few songs written by the Romantic composer Robert Schumann. The analyses pay particular attention to two aspects: Schumann’s inventive settings of Heinrich Heine’s texts, and the intricate codas, in which the composer’s fantasy takes flight. I will perform these songs with Professor of Voice Salvatore Champagne.
Alegant also is chair of music theory at the conservatory, where he has taught since 1996. His research interests include pedagogy, twelve-tone music, analysis and performance, and contemporary music. He has edited Music Theory Spectrum, authored The Twelve-tone Music of Luigi Dallapiccola and two dozen articles, and premiered and recorded recent works by the American composer Robert Morris. He was the 2015 CASE and Carnegie Baccalaureate Professor of the Year.
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