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Bernstein Harvard Lecture I: 'Musical Phonology'

Presented by Pikes Peak Library District at PPLD -Library 21c, Colorado Springs CO

Jan 25 2018
Bernstein Harvard Lecture I: ‘Musical Phonology’ presented by Pikes Peak Library District at PPLD -Library 21c, Colorado Springs CO

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.

Beginning with monogenesis – the hypothesis of a single, common origin for all languages – Bernstein introduces the harmonic series, using its scientific foundations to make the case that music is a universal language. He explores the balance between diatonic and chromatic pitches, and the expressive qualities of each.

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.


These screenings are free and open to the public.

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