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S16C5 Politics in Classical Music

Description: This course will explore themes of war and politics through a sampling of 20th century music, focusing mostly on Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Compositions by Arnold Schoenberg, Steve Reich, and others will also be examined. Along with listening to select pieces, the class will consider each composer's biography, ideas, purposes, and musical style in understanding each composition and the times in which each piece was composed. The goal of the class is to familiarize students with social and political themes of these compositions written during periods of social upheaval. This class is taught from an historical rather than a musicological perspective.

Suggested Reading: Coursepack (forthcoming) approximately $30 payable to the instructor.

Instructor: Steve Smith, MA, JD, is a local immigration attorney. During college he studied viola with a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He recently taught a Lifelong Learning Institute class called "Prison Literature."


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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