How to Listen to Music Like a Harvard Professor: An Intensive Seminar (limited enrollment) – LA

Saturday, March 03, 2018 10:00 am - 12:15 pm


10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and Strauss: How to Listen to Music Like a Harvard Professor

Thomas Kelly / Harvard University

The classics are all well known. The question is: how do we understand what makes them stick in our memory, what makes us love and remember them, and what is it about each piece that is so special?

Discussion includes:

  • Beethoven, "Symphony no. 5"
  • Mozart, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
  • Rossini, "Overture to William Tell"
  • Handel, "Hallelujah" chorus
  • Tchaikovsky, "Nutcracker" Suite
  • Strauss, "Blue Danube" Waltz
Thomas Kelly / Harvard University

Thomas Kelly is a Morton B. Knafel Research Professor of Music at Harvard University. He was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of his teaching. His books include “First Nights: Five Performance Premieres;” “First Nights at the Opera;” and “Capturing Music: The Story of Notation”. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Citizen of the city of Benevento, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic.