Tagged: music

Crystalizing the Grammatical Lines

Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” has made quite the stir in the past year, prompting outcry generally saved for Southern politicians’ stances on birth control or gay marriage. Despite all this controversy over intentions, the tune and its marked “Hey, hey, hey”s is catchy, a fact that fills many a forward thinking person with […]

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Sung

In anticipation of the lecture on Shakespeare’s sonnets by Prof. Ricks next week in CC 201, here are performances of the Bard’s fourteeners, set to music.   No. 29 (Rufus Wainwright)

Alumni Profiles: Benjamin Flaim

(Core ’98, CAS ’00) Years at Boston University: 4 years. Current location: Boston, MA, USA. Company and Title: Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Recent Activity: Benjamin writes: Two young kids and a rewarding job. Married to my BU girlfriend. What more could I ask for? Benefits of the Core: Benjamin writes: Core helps me look at the […]

Core Banquet: Invitations!

To all Core scholars: You are invited to next week’s Core Banquet; we’re very much looking forward to the occasion. We would like to invite you to submit your shout-outs and photos, so that they can be inserted into the slide show that will be playing throughout the evening. Any photos (of Core friends, classes, […]

David Gilmour: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

Core classes often explore Shakespeare’s work, and the video above illustrates the inspiration musicians can draw from it. For an article discussing Gilmour’s interpretation, visit bit.ly/XhVBrD

Lowell House Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The official event description, for April 3rd, 5th, and 6th: With this year’s production, Lowell House Opera joins the worldwide festivities celebrating the centennial year of Benjamin Britten, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century and greatest composers in British music history. A master of modern opera, Britten skillfully captures the magical […]

Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’

Relating to CC202′s current study of Modernism, the Core presents Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”. Upon its release, it was controversial and supposedly caused a ‘riot’ in the Parisian premiere audience… This debated topic is discussed in an article by Tom Service of The Guardian titled The Rite of Spring- the Work of a Madman.Here […]

Giacinto Scelsi

From the Shutter Island Soundtrack: The Core presents Giacinto Scelsi, an Italian composer from the 20th century that remained largely unknown for most of his career. The impact caused by the late discovery of Scelsi’s works was described by Belgian musicologist Harry Halbreich: A whole chapter of recent musical history must be rewritten: the second half of […]

Sting & Confucius

The Core presents a song by Sting titled Englishman in New York. It’s message relates to CC102′s study of the Analects of Confucius. The Confucian idea of the ethics of a “gentleman”, to some extent, provides directions on how to behave in the “gentlemanly” way when in a foreign land. Sting addresses this idea of […]

Kurt Cobain: Letters & Journals

Kurt Cobain’s music and ideas have had a large impact on several generations, and the Core finds it worth acknowledging. In this article, Maria Popova explores and provides pages from the letters and journals of grunge legend. She describes the collection: The posthumously released Kurt Cobain: Journals (public library) offers an unprecedented glimpse of the modern icon’s […]