Saturday, October 19, 2013; 6 p.m.
Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Road , Steuben, Maine
Contact: Jason Wimbiscus; 207-546-2821
Musicologist Suzanne La Plante will discuss how science – particularly the natural sciences – has influenced music composition throughout the course of western music. We can see from our earliest theoretical treatises and written music, starting about 850 AD, that musicians looked toward certain scientific principles to serve as the foundation for their music compositions. In this talk, Suzanne will examine the science behind musical proportions and how the relationships between pitches, or musical tones, affected music composition from the twelfth century to the present. The presentation will also focus on some of the more eclectic scientific approaches to music composition in the works of some recent composers.