Tagged: music

Mozart Portrait Research & Controversy

The Core presents an article by Daniel J. Wakin on the debated topic of Mozart portrait authenticity. The International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, have announced their intriguing findings. A sample of the article: “It’s an emotional question,” Ms. Ramsauer said. “Mozart is such a universal genius. Everybody knows him. Everybody takes part of his life.”… One […]

The Saxophone and ‘The Odyssey’

Relating to the study of The Odyssey by CC101 every fall, here is an interesting fact: great saxophonist Chris Potter draws inspiration from the Greek epic for his music. In the article discussing the matter, Potter is quoted as saying: I read it [the Odyssey] in high school and thought it was cool but didn’t […]

CC106: The Sound of Music

Today, February 5th, Biology Professor Jelle Atema (Doctorandus, University of Utrecht (Netherlands); PhD, University of Michigan), held a lecture titled “The sound of music: frog calls and the design of music halls“, for the Core class CC106. CC106 is designed to round out students’ exploration of the natural sciences by focusing on the science of life. The professors […]

Piano Concert at TSAI

Tomorrow, February 5th at 8 pm, in the TSAI Performance Center, there will be a Piano Department Concert, featuring works by Claude Debussy. The event is free and open to the public. The Core encourages students to drop by and dip their toes in the music.

Faust reference in Radiohead – Videotape

In view of CC202′s study of Goethe’s Faust, the Core would like to bring to students’ attention Radiohead’s meaningful mention of Mephistopheles, who is the main “villain” in the tragic play. Radiohead – Videotape (click for song) Lyrics: When I’m at the pearly gates This’ll be on my videotape My videotape My videotape When Mephistopheles […]

Brahms, Sibelius and Beethoven

The Core is offering 15 free tickets for the Boston Symphony Orchestra performance on Thursday February 7th, at 8:00 PM, in the Boston Symphony Hall. From http://bit.ly/VWRVKL: The eminent German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi leads three masterpieces from the heart of the orchestral repertoire. The program begins with Brahms’s earliest orchestral masterpiece, his Variations on […]

Wainwright sings Sonnet 29

Professor Ricks lectured last week to the students of CC201 on the sonnets of William Shakespeare. Since he did not have time enough in the short span of the lecture period to grant the students a sung performance of any of the poems, here is a popular American singer Rufus Wainwright with his own musical […]

Fish Worship at 100 BSR opening

Fish Worship, a BU/faculty blues band, was invited to play at the “sidewalk fair” accompanying the ribbon-cutting for the new Student Services Center at 100 Bay State Road. Pictured, Prof. Wayne Snyder, Core alum Edmund Jorgensen, Prof. James Jackson, Prof. Jay Samons, and Prof. Brian Jorgensen. Photo by office assistant Elizabeth Kerian.

“Shakespeare’s Songs” on May 1st

We are pleased to announce this lecture / recital on “Shakespeare’s Songs”, featuring Christopher Ricks as lecturer; Dana Whiteside, baritone; and James Johnson, piano. The program features songs set to texts by William Shakespeare. Composers include Peter Warlock, Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Roger Quilter, and Erich Korngold. The event is TOMORROW, Tuesday, May […]

How should Aeneas have dumped Dido?

According to Prof. Pat Johnson (in yesterday’s CC102 lecture), “any BU undergraduate could have found a better way to dump Dido than Aeneas did in Book IV of the Aeneid“: She was the first to speak and charge Aeneas: “You even hope to keep me in the dark as to this outrage, did you, two-faced […]