Here is the file of my senior seminar in German if you want to read it, and if you incidentally can read German. The seminar deals with how Nazi policies led to the German sound coming to America and influencing our music here.
It was a lot of hard work, but it is good to have it done and to put more focus on the movie.
In addition to composing I am a person who is really passionate about linguistics and foreign cultures and stuff like that. German culture and language specifically. If you are in Morris on Thursday the 21st come to my German Senior Seminar. I'll be talking (all auf Deutsch) about how Nazis and their policies led to a musical renaissance in America. It should be interesting to any of you who know German, or if you don't there will be explanations afterword. After the seminar I will post it on here for anyone who wants to give it a glance.
"The Flight of German Sound: How Nazi Policies led to the Ascendency of American Music in the Concert Hall, Movie Theater, and Stage."
Thursday Nov 21st 7-8pm Science Building Room 2190
vielen dank/bis bald
The Russian folk dance, Khorovod, and how it impacted Stravinsky's formal structure in Spring Rounds
I wrote a paper for an analysis class about the fourth movement of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring: Spring Rounds. While it is no secret that Rite of Spring is full of melodic material derived from Russian folk songs, it surprised me to learn about the extent how Russian folk dance influenced Stravinsky's crafting of formal structure. One of the things that really gets me about musical analysis is how that you aren't learning music theory alone: cultural, personal, artistic, and historical backgrounds all come into play. While intending to do a straightforward analysis of the movement, it ended with me learning about the intricacies and history of the Russian folk dance, the Khorovod.
The analysis is in the pdf below, and under that are links to the movement and a performance of a more lyrical styled Khorovod.
.Will post here about with updates about current works, music in general, likely many linguistic things, general thoughts, etc.