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M-LT 71326 - Sounds of the Conservatories
At the eve of the Boston Conservatory’s 150th anniversary, it is apt to reflect on the history of music conservatories from around the world. The objective of this class is engage with the tradition of conservatory training through examining the origin, development, and present state of conservatories. Focus will be placed on the founders of conservatories, often composers or performers themselves, to understand for what purpose these institutions were established in the first place. This course will take names familiar to musicians and discover how they were involved with their conservatories. There will be a wide variety of exploration in the lives of composers closely associated with their conservatories, especially from Europe and America: the Rubenstein brothers at St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Moscow Imperial Conservatory, Dvorák at the National Conservatory of America, Mendelssohn at the Leipzig Conservatory, and Boulanger’s wide impact on US composers are only the tip of the iceberg which will be examined. Other conservatories in Asia, especially China and Japan, will also be studied in this global observation of music institutions. Ultimately, familiarity with the past will provide new insight into the future of composition and performance. The class will culminate in a discussion of how we can move forward as modern musicians in a reinvention of what conservatories can be.

Prerequisites M-LT 5103 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> or M-SK 5103 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> or M-SK 5191 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> or M-LT 5192 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00>
Corequisites N/A
Fees N/A
Credits 3.00
Credit Types Credit

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