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Class 1 MUSIC (9:30AM - 10:30AM)
What Makes Mozart Great?
Craig Wright / Yale
When asked to provide a list of “geniuses” in Western cultural history, most respondents would include the name MozartSay the word “prodigy,” and Mozart again immediately comes to mind. But what is it in Mozart’s music that makes it among the most sublime ever written?What personal traits did Mozart possess that enabled him to create music of this extraordinary quality?
Using live music and video clips from operas and films, we will explore the enormous diversity of Mozart’s music.At the same time, by examining color photographs of his autograph manuscripts and draft sketches, we will witness Mozart’s attention to the smallest detail.
We will turn finally to the enablers of Mozart’s genius:genetic gifts, mentoring, motivation, concentration, self-confidence, and just plain luck. By the end of this session, participants will come to see that , not only is Mozart’s music great, Mozart himself was unique, arguably the most extraordinary creator ever to set foot on this planet.
Class 2 ART (10:45AM - 11:45AM)
What Makes Picasso Great?
Noam Elcott / Columbia
At the pinnacle of the modern art pantheon sits Pablo Picasso. With a career spanning most of the twentieth century, Picasso eclipses his nearest rivals in terms of ingenuity, productivity, and, perhaps most of all, personality. The unrepentant swagger and devastating wit; the dazzling lovers and ever-so-costly art; the bohemians friends and heroic stature—the mystery and myth of Picasso have come to define the modern artist. Accordingly, few lives have been recounted so thoroughly as that of Pablo Picasso.
But perhaps the myth of the man has obscured the ingenuity of the work, which truly changed the course of modern art. In less than a decade, Picasso changed the very terms of modern art. Together, we will rediscover that artistic revolution.
Class 3 FILM (Noon - 1:00PM)
What's So Great About Alfred Hitchcock?
Marc Lapadula / Yale
Over a career spanning more than half a century, Alfred Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognisable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or "MacGuffins" meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the psychological examinations of the characters.
Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades, and did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him.
Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Avenue - NYC
365 Fifth Avenue NYC
(35th and Fifth)
New York, NY 10016
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM