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Friday, December 11, 2020

OPEN STUDIOS: Online Showcase - Music for Masochists: Five centuries of “difficult listening” in Western Classical Music

Online Showcase
8:00 pm CET

Paul Festa's class 
MU124 Music for Masochists: Five centuries of “difficult listening” in Western Classical Music
invites you to their online screening:

Writing about music, according to the variously attributed adage, is like dancing about architecture. MU124 Music for Masochists—Five Centuries of Difficult Listening in Western Classical Music—takes the simile as invitation. In addition to the more traditional papers and exams, those enrolled undertake a masochism challenge in which they bring a multidisciplinary approach to the interpretation of scores and texts on the syllabus. Suggested options include, but are not limited to, a semi-staged scene from Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus, "Lip-synch For Your Grade" (to an atonal aria), and, following the architecture quote, interpretive dance to difficult music (props, costumes, concept!). Please join our online showcase and see what this semester's pioneering masochists have to offer.

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