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CCM Thinking About Music Lecture Series
March 3, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Event State: Confirmed
Organization: 25L-CCM PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
Expected Headcount: 100
2:30 p.m. Friday, March 3
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series
ELECTRIC BATON: SOUND, SCIENCE AND THE BIRTH OF THE PODIUM CONDUCTOR
Francesca Brittan, Case Western Reserve University
Hector Berlioz, among the first of the modern conductors, was a larger-than-life figure, at once magisterial, quasi-magical and military. Among the formative moments of his conducting career was a concert given at the height of the Exposition universelle (Paris, 1855), which established him as a musical leader of formidable power. Here he relied on a new wedding of music and technology �?? an “electric baton” �?? to wield the massive forces under his command. This talk examines the nature of his device and, more broadly, the ways in which telegraphy and electricity (both artificial and nervous) emerged as central to romantic notions of conducting.
Location: Baur Room
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor:
The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation