Wednesday, March 24, 2010

“Music in Translation” and a Dash of Piano Hero

Assistant Professor of Music Michael Monroe is preparing for his March 31 lecture “Music in Translation,” an exploration of what we can learn from the wonderful world of piano transcriptions. In anticipation of the talk, Monroe will be joined the same day by alum Nathan Skinner in the 2010 season premiere of Piano Hero—a popular noontime recital series on campus. The two pianists will try their best to impersonate a full orchestra in performances of two symphonic masterworks inspired by Shakespeare.
“Translation is, in my estimation, an underestimated art. The process of finding the core of an idea expressed in one language and successfully recreating it in another is so much more than just mapping words onto each other. The same can be true of transcribing musical ideas from one medium (say, an orchestra) to another (say, a piano). Just as with linguistic translation, piano transcription is often taken for granted as a practical, workmanlike means of accessing something that might otherwise be inaccessible."
“Music in Translation,” part of Faculty Forum lectures, takes place in the Phillips Recital Hall, March 31, 4:30 p.m.

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