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November 2018

Classical Music, Noisy Listening

November 19, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, London EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Shh! You’re at a classical concert - quiet! This talk will introduce the idea of musical works as tools for listening, from Mozart to Mahler, from medieval repertoires to minimalism. What has become, in the 20th and 21st centuries, a musical tradition of as-quiet-as-possible, cough-free contemplation and passive disengagement in concert halls was not always that way. In fact, it wasn’t ever that way: the way that audiences listen is inscribed in the fabric of music of the last millennium in…

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The Romantic Child

November 20, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, London EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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The Romantics invented the modern idea of childhood. In this talk, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric Jonathan Bate will explore how they did so, with particular emphasis on the role of children in the poetry of Blake and Wordsworth. He will also show how Wordsworth’s memory of his own childhood allowed him to invent something else - the art of poetic autobiography.

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