Music and Dance offers midday concerts and talks

A new series of midday concerts and lectures presented by the Department of Music and dance will begin Wednesday, Oct. 20 with a performance by Matthew Gaunt, a new faculty member and teacher of tuba and euphonium.

All programs in the year-long series begin at 12:20 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. Wednesdays are set aside for performances; a series of lectures by theory faculty members will take place on Thursdays. All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 20: Matthew Gaunt, new faculty member and teacher of tuba and euphonium, will be joined by the Graduate Brass Quintet in a short recital.

Nov. 3: Eric Berlin, trumpet, and Ludmila Krasin, piano, will perform sonatas by Paul Hindemith and Juilliard School of Music composer Eric Ewazen.

Nov. 4: “Was Debussy a 12-Tone Composer?” Visiting assistant professor Mark McFarland will explore the musical relationships between musical revolutionaries Claude Debussy and Arnold Schoenberg. The former composer is said to have written the first piece of 20th-century music six years before the turn of the century, while the latter invented the 12-tone method, one of the most influential compositional techniques of the century. The aesthetic distance between these two composers has been described as a “terrifying abyss,” that is nowhere more evident than in Debussy’s own writings, which are punctuated with anti-German and anti-Schoenberg sentiments. Yet Debussy’s scores consistently feature the appearance of the entire chromatic, a feature that might suggest that the gulf that separates these two figures is perhaps smaller than originally thought.

Dec. 2: “‘Do(e), a Deer…’ – The Evolution of the Western Pitch System.” Lecturer Sigrun Heinzelmann explores how changing concepts of musical pitch led to our system of tones.