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May 28, 2008
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Composers at Work

Hugh Macdonald, Ph.D.
Avis H. Blewett Professor of Music, Head of Musicology

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

Come learn how Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz and other classical music greats composed their works—from spurts of genius to mulling over for years! Prof. Macdonald will investigate the myths—of Mozart's divine inspiration, of Beethoven sketching in the fields, etc.—and differences between creativity in music and in other spheres. Where does the music come from? How long does it take to write a symphony?

Prof. Macdonald is a renowned expert on the music of Hector Berlioz and has published extensively on the works of the French Romantic composer. He is well-known for translating operas into English from German, French and Italian and regularly presents pre-concert talks at St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performances in Powell Symphony Hall. In addition, Macdonald is an accomplished pianist and plays violin, viola and harpsichord and has conducted orchestras and choruses in Europe. Early in his career, Dr. Macdonald was music director at the Cambridge Footlights club, the cradle of Monty Python and many other famous and infamous entertainers.

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

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For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-5285