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PMC Lecture Series: Dr. Mark Evan Bonds, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music
Start Date: 10/30/2013Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/30/2013End Time: 8:30 PM

Event Description:
When we talk about expression in music, exactly what is it is being expressed? One prominent view—arguably the prominent view today—holds that we are hearing the innermost soul of the composer, be it Beethoven and his struggles with deafness and fate, or Taylor Swift and her struggles with boyfriends. But the idea of a musical work as an expression of the innermost self is in fact a quintessentially nineteenth-century construct, one that cannot be traced back much earlier than ca. 1830 and that has remained under serious attack from modernist critics and composers since the early twentieth century. This talk will survey the rise, fall, and enduring presence of self-expression as an artistic ideal.

Mark Evan Bonds (Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor) received a B.A. in music and German from Duke University in 1975; an M.A. in musicology from the Universität Kiel (West Germany) in 1977; and a Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University in 1988. He taught at Boston University before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. His research interests include music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly instrumental music and aesthetic theory. The recipient of grants from the NEH and the ACLS, he has recently begun a book on the concept of musical expression since the Enlightenment.

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Thompson Hall

Thompson Hall - Thompson Hall

Thompson Hall - Titmus Theatre

Thompson Hall - Titmus Theatre
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Name: Music @ NC State
Phone: 9195152981
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