Music History

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NEC: Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre

Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to...

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NEC: Pierce Hall

Presented by the 2050 Forum, the Intercultural Institute, and the Music History Department—a roundtable discussion with Jeff Todd Titon on the future of music & sound in the face of climate disruption...

Chou wen-chung smiling and gesturing with his hands
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At his home in New York, composer Chou Wen-chung was presented with an honorary doctorate by NEC President Andrea Kalyn.
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NEC: Blumenthal Family Library

In his Missa Solemnis, Beethoven used a very elaborate set of expression marks in the manuscript that do not appear in printed versions of the score. These markings are directly connected to the text...

Andrea Kalyn
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Lautaro Mantilla
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Occurs every Thursday
  • Fall 2019

This class offers an introduction to current musical movements from around the world!

The class will present a framework for students to develop their musical creativity while immersing themselves in...

Fredericka King
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Thursday evenings
  • Fall 2019

The recorded history of music in Christianized Europe begins with the notation of sacred chant in the 9th century. The development of that repertory over the next several centuries laid the...

Fredericka King
Course
Thursday evenings
  • Spring 2019

The recorded history of music in Christianized Europe begins with the notation of sacred chant in the 9th century. The development of that repertory over the next several centuries laid the...

Peter Row holding a sitar
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On September 20, 2018, the NEC community honored Peter Row, a beloved NEC faculty member and former dean and provost who made significant impact during his decades at the Conservatory.  An ethnomusicologist and sitar virtuoso, Peter also taught classes in a number of departments, include Music History, Music Theory, Contemporary Improvisation, and Liberal Arts. He passed away on April 2, 2018.
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Alan Karass is Director of Library Services and Faculty Member (Music History) at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. His ethnomusicological research focuses on the relationship...