From Amadeus to Zappa: The Curious Life of Nicolas Slonimsky

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Thursday / October 5, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States
Nicolas Slonimsky

Author, composer, and conductor Nicolas Slonimsky traveled the world, collecting music and championing new works. As a theoretician, he wrote Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, challenging composers to think in terms of symmetrical scales and pandiatonicism. Who was this Russian linguist and lexicographer who influenced the likes of Ives, Cowell, Varese, Coltrane, and Zappa? Explore his life and contributions at this session presented by Barbara LaFitte, a professor in the Woodwinds Department.