How do composers ‘invent’ music? What specifically is a ‘musical idea’ and from where
does it emanate? This course will explore how musical structure is conceived, both
on the small and large scale, along with the role musical instruments and virtuoso
performers play in inspiring composers. Through examining several masterpieces
from a composer’s perspective, we’ll investigate how these determining factors inspire
innovative and lasting works of art.
Note—this course is free to any OLLI member who is also a Sweetwood resident.
Stephen Dankner holds a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) from The Juilliard School
(1971). He is a composer of chamber, vocal and symphonic music for 60 years.
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