Music of every genre, every culture and every period employs repeated phrases for effect. Why do we love to listen to the same things again and again? Read the article at the Guardian.
This week, a score composed 200 years ago by a Prague pharmacist is finally being played for an audience — and the pharmacist’s descendants, local musicians, made it happen.
Diane Thome has released her memoir, “Palaces of Memory” with Friesenpress Publishing.
“Palaces of Memory is the story of a pioneer in the music world – the first woman to graduate from Princeton University with a PhD in Music and the first woman to compose computer-synthesized music. Much has been written about Dr. Thome, now professor emerita and former chair of the composition program at the University of Washington School of Music. But this is Diane Thome’s highly personal story about her lifelong journey in music.”
For more information, please see the Friesenpress website. Watch for a copy of this newly released memoir to be added to the Music Library collection soon!
As part of a huge restoration project that has lasted over 20 years, researchers at Cambridge University have finally restored a 1,000 year-old song. More information at ClassicFM.com
Growing up in Soviet Russia, conductor Vladimir Jurowski came to love Shakespeare via Prokofiev and Pasternak. The playwright has inspired centuries of composers, but how to choose with which works to celebrate his birthday? Read the article at the Guardian.
The UW houses a unique collection of instruments designed and built by American composer Harry Partch — constructed from wood, bamboo, glass, found objects and more — and will host a concert with them on April 26.
For the full story, please see the Seattle Times.
It’s rare for an orchestra to devote a whole performance to works by a single composer — even rarer for that composer to be living, and onstage. Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence, was the focus of the second concert in the National Symphony Orchestra’s new “Declassified” series, which offers a shorter, late-night performance of music that specifically, earnestly and even a little desperately targets a younger generation. Read the article at the Washington Post.
When Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic visited “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last month, it was only natural that they performed Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” (1942). Is there any work more emblematic of the dean of American music than the stirring “Fanfare,” which Mr. Colbert called “one of the most powerful American melodies”? Read the article at the New York Times.
The UW Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2-4:30 in the UW HUB Ballroom. The UW Libraries is a proud co-sponsor of the event.
This year’s keynote highlights the scholarship of UW instructors — from three disciplines and three campuses — who use race and equity to inform their teaching and research.
Here’s the Symposium schedule:
- 2:00 – 2:05 Opening remarks
- 2:05 – 2:50 Poster session #1
- 2:50 – 3:00 Welcome
- 3:00 – 3:45 Keynote
- 3:45 – 4:30 Poster session #2
More information can be read here. Come out and learn more about the teaching and learning practices happening across all three campuses.
The Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is a melancholy document, charting the 3,000 or so languages that experts predict will vanish by the end of this century. For the most part, ethnographers and linguists are helpless in the face of the gradual erasure of collective memory that goes along with this loss of linguistic diversity. Time to call in the composers? Read the article at the New York Times.