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Tue May 29 16:58:32 AEST 2012
Sydney Seminar for the Arts and Philosophy
Presented by the University of Western
Sydney and Big Ideas, ABC Radio National
Date: Friday, June 1, 2012
6 - 8 pm
Eugene Goosens Hall
Cost: Admission Free
A Dialogue on Music and Philosophy after Modernism
Music by Martin Bresnick, Frederic Rzewski,
and Gyorgy Ligeti
Composer, Martin Bresnick (Yale),
Philosopher, Nikolas Kompridis (UWS)
Pianist, Lisa Moore (New York)
Lisa Moore performing
Strange Devotion by Martin Bresnick
Piano Piece no 4 by Frederic Rzewski
The Dream of the Lost Traveller by Martin Bresnick
Musica Ricercata VII by Gyorgy Ligeti
A philosophical dialogue between Martin Bresnick
and Nikolas Kompridis.
Does music have need of philosophy? Or does music speak for itself, and whatever it is
that musiccannot say of and from itself, evade philosophy altogether?
Where is music after modernism? Does it still have a coherentand distinctive purpose?
How has the emergence of world musics decentred musical modernism?
Did modernism in philosophy and modernism in music share some common assumptions and attitudes?
After modernism, do philosophy and music share some common challenges?
In light of musical and philosophical pluralism, what do philosophers
and composers owe their students?
Does the new matter anymore? Did the project of the “new” become
meaningless after the demise of modernism? If so, to what does
contemporary art music aspire?
An open discussion involving members of the audience,
Martin Bresnick, Nikolas Kompridis, and Lisa Moore.
Martin Bresnick is Professor of Composition and Director of the
Composition Program at Yale University. Besides having received many
prizes and commissions, he is also recognized as an influential teacher of
composition. Students from every part of the globe and of virtually every
musical inclination have been inspired by his critical encouragement:
Nikolas Kompridis is Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University
of Western Sydney, and the author Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory
between Past and Future (MIT 2006) and the editor of Philosophical
Romanticism (Routledge 2006) and The Aesthetic Turn in Political Theory
(Continuum 2012). He also studied composition with Martin Bresnick
at Yale, and was the founder and director of the Canadian new music
ensemble, Sound Pressure.
Lisa Moore is an Australian pianist who lives in New York and teaches
piano at Wesleyan University. She has been referred to as “The queen of
avant-garde piano” by the New Yorker magazine. Lisa Moore has released 6
solo discs and over 30 collaborative discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, CRI, BMG,
Point, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion): www.lisamoore.org
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