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Rare Music in the Rare Book Room, Dec. 3

Dewey Lawson Presents "Historical Interactions Between Rooms and Music"
When: Friday, December 3, 4-6 PM
Where: Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room

This presentation will examine how the science of acoustics can help us explore influences between architecture and music, including: (1) how Duke Chapel illustrates the relationships between liturgical chant and early organ works and the kinds of rooms in which they arose; (2) how recent studies of Renaissance Venetian churches contribute to our understanding of the development of choral polyphony; and (3) how computer modeling can be used to recreate the sound of music in a long-lost room--Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s concert hall within her parents’ Berlin mansion.

Dewey Lawson is an adjunct professor of physics at Duke. He currently teaches a course on acoustics and music and a seminar on the many ways in which sound has connected people across differences in culture, geography, and time.

For more information on the Rare Music series, click here.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Rare Music is co-sponsored by the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) and the Duke University Libraries, with additional support from the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Carrabina Endowment, Friends of DUMIC, High Strung Violins & Guitars, Ruggero Piano, and VoChor Incorporated.
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Posted 22 November 2010

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