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Music Redefined

The Electronic Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen

Monday April 17

 

Dan Coren’s past talks for Penn’s Village included Bach and Beethoven.  Now we move into the 20th Century as Dan discusses one of his favorite subjects, the revolutionary musical experiments of the 1950s.

 

Dan, a classically educated musicologist, came to Philadelphia in 1969 with a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California at Berkeley to join the music faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.  While he was at Penn,

 he directed the Presser Electronic Studio, an experience that served him well when he left academia in 1977 for a career as a software developer (a choice that has been of great benefit to Penn’s Village).  He retired from that profession in 2009.

 

Dan says of this material: “If you are a music lover born in the first half of the 20th century, you may apply the pejorative label ‘Modern Music’ to any classical music written after 1915.  Although I sympathize, I invite you to forget what you think you know and listen to the music of a composer who I think deserves a place in the musical pantheon along with Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, and the rest - music that for me is intellectually stimulating and, above all, sensuously beautiful.”

 


The talk will be given at Dan’s Queen Village home at 2:00pm.  We will share Dan’s exact address with registrants.  Attendance is limited to 13 people, though Dan is willing to repeat the event if we cannot accommodate all.  There is a chairlift in Dan’s home for those who cannot navigate stairs.  

Please RSVP by calling 215 925 7333 or emailing info@pennsvillage.org.  The program is free for Penn’s Village members and volunteers.  We would appreciate a $5 donation from other guests.

 

Looking forward to sharing this truly special experience with you.