Frank Cooper Presents Fall Lecture Series ‘Music in Life—Life in Music’

August 13, 2012 — Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance (Sep. 24 lecture will be held in UM Gusman Concert Hall) — University of Miami Frost School of Music Research Professor of Musicology Frank Cooper presents a special non-credit course this fall entitled Music in Life -- Life in Music inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s observation “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

The engaging lectures will take place on five Monday evenings beginning Sep. 10, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, 5501 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables (Sep. 24 lecture to be held in UM Gusman Concert Hall). Tuition is $150 for all five lectures. Online registration by credit card is available.

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.

Available only in a five-part series:

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 (Lecture to be held in UM Gusman Concert Hall)
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

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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Frank Cooper, Research Professor of Musicology, Frost School of Music