This course is for adventurous music-lovers who are not afraid of music that is quirky, romantic, harshly dissonant, sweetly sentimental, funny, and baffling! Such are the compositions of Charles Ives, one of the first American composers to gain international recognition. Class lectures will provide background for listening to online performances of Ives’s best and best-known pieces. Ives’s day job was as an insurance executive, but he continued to compose nights, weekends, and on the commuter train to and from work. His compositions included many experimental features that anticipated the music of more famous 20th-century composers. MSC, Classroom #3; Limit: 36 Course is cancelled due to death of instructor
After graduating from Westminster Choir College and the Yale School of Music, Larry Lemmel taught music history and theory and piano performance. He was a piano student of Frances Clark and assisted her in teaching master classes for piano teachers throughout the United States. He often provides music for Sunday services and after-church recitals at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick.