This lecture by Philosopher of Music, Lydia Goehr (Columbia University), is sponsored by Montclair State University Philosophy-Religion as well as the Cali School of Music; the talk will be held in the Cali School Recital Hall.
Professor Goehr's description of her talk, "Two Concepts of Improvisation":
"My talk is about social and aesthetic prejudice. It draws on an ancient background of contest and judgment to articulate a concept of improvisation impromptu. I distinguish this concept from the more familiar concept of improvisation extempore. Improvisation impromptu is a concept of wit and fit: it treads the fine line between hubris and humility, or doing exactly the right and exactly the wrong thing, “on the spot,” in life’s many challenging situations. I illustrate its tense application through a history of (philosophical) thought and through several examples of competitive musical situations from diverse traditions, from the recent execution of amateur Karaoke singers in the Philippines to the so-called “cutting contests” of jazz. The lessons of these examples are then brought together in a final, extended example, drawn from a 1940 film of the Harlem Renaissance, in which an old violinist, a father, must contend with a broken arm and a young violinist, his son, with broken strings."
Date: February 12, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cali School of Music, Recital Hall
Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She is the author of The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music (1992; second edition with a new essay, 2007, with translations in Greek and Chinese); The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy [essays on Richard Wagner] (1998); Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory [essays on Adorno and Danto] (2008).
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