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The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard by Leonard Bernstein

The Unanswered Question

In a series of lectures filmed at Harvard University in 1973, legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein examines music from every age and place in the search for a worldwide, innate musical grammar. Using analogies between music and linguistics, Mr. Bernstein shows how this language can be understood as an aesthetic surface.

These screenings at Library 21c are free and open to the public as part of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s The Best of All Possible Worlds: Leonard Bernstein at 100.

Lecture I: “Musical Phonology” (104 mins.)
Thu., Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Lecture II: “Musical Syntax” (95 mins.)
Sun., Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.

Lecture III: “Musical Semantics” (142 mins.)
Wed., Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Lecture IV: “The Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity” (142 mins.)
Wed., Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Lecture V: “The Twentieth Century Crisis” (133 mins.)
Sun., Feb 25 at 2 p.m.

Lecture VI: “The Poetry of the Earth” (177 mins.)
Sun., March 4 at 2 p.m.

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