Frank Cooper Fall 2012 Lecture Series: Music in Life—Life in Music

September 10, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance (Sep. 24 lecture will be held in UM Gusman Concert Hall)


Research Professor of Musicology

Available only in a five-part series: $150
All lectures to be held in Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance expect the Sep. 24 lecture, which will be held in UM Gusman Concert Hall.

Sep. 10
Tireless Toilers: Music’s professionals – composers, arrangers, performers, critics
Sep. 17
No class meeting
Sep. 24
Human Cycles: Music of birth, youth, love, maturity, death, rebirth
Oct. 1
Looking Upward: Music and beliefs from ancient times to the present
Oct. 8
Outward and Inward: Music for the stage, cinema and imagination
Oct. 15
Listening’s Summit: Music that stands alone, its meanings
within it

Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s observation “Without music, life would be a mistake,” these presentations will treat the idea of music in many of its aspects during history’s most prominent eras – its intrinsic value to human experience, its often lauded, sometimes criticized, ability to affect emotion via rhythm, melody, harmony and form as well as via pendular changes of style in society and in individual styles emerging from its vastly creative and interpretive minds. Music as the servant of humanity’s needs–sacred, national, civic, domestic and occupational – provides more than entertainment.So powerful is music to life that its study helps us to understand ourselves.

Cast of characters includes but is not limited to: Ambrose, Aristotle, Augustine, Bach, Beethoven, Borge, Brahms, Castiglione, Chopin, Cleese, Debussy, Fitzgerald, Gaga, Galen, Handel, Hippocrates, Jefferson, John Paul II, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Mozart, Picasso, Plato, Presley, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Shakespeare, Stravinsky, Tchaikowsky, Tinctoris, Twining, Verdi, Weber, Wagner, Zarlino.

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