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Plug for a terrific 10 week course at Stanford

From: brian b
Sent on: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:40 PM

The course meets Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:50 pm, for 10 weeks: January 10 - March 13; in Braun Music Center, Room 103.  It is a 2 unit course, and costs $365.
I've also included the course description and my biography below, for quick reference.
Erik Ulman

An Introduction to Classical Music

(MUS 122)

The Western tradition of classical music is amazingly rich and varied: it includes the serenity of Gregorian chant and the intricacy of Bach, Beethoven’s heroic symphonies and Chopin’s delicate nocturnes, Haydn’s humor and the tense dissonances of Schoenberg. It offers experiences of unparalleled emotional range, sensual pleasure, and intellectual fulfillment; yet many find it intimidating, or difficult to approach. This course is for the general listener who wants to understand and enjoy this vibrant tradition more deeply, whether as a newcomer or as an aficionado. We will explore the whole spectrum of Western classical music, from the Middle Ages to the stylistic diversity of the present day. We will learn about the lives and techniques of many great composers; acquaint ourselves with the major genres from the symphony to opera and electronic music; examine the structure, context, and historical significance of key pieces; and enlarge our capacities for musical thought and feeling.

Erik Ulman, Lecturer in Music, Stanford

Erik Ulman studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough at UC San Diego, and with Helmut Lachenmann at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. He has taught at UC San Diego and at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. His music has been performed around the world, and his distinctions include a commission from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard and a Hewlett Fellowship at the Djerassi Program. Ulman is also a writer and a violinist, and co-directs the arts organization Poto.


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