Leonard Bernstein’s Masterful Lectures on Music (11+ Hours of Video Recorded in 1973)
In 1972, the composer Leonard Bernstein returned to Harvard, his alma mater, to serve as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, with “Poetry” being defined in the broadest sense. The position, first created in 1925, asks faculty members to live on campus, advise students, and most importantly, deliver a series of six public lectures. T.S. Eliot, Aaron Copland, W.H. Auden, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Jorge Luis Borges — they all previously took part in this tradition. And Bernstein did too. Delivered in the fall of 1973 and collectively titled “The Unanswered Question,” Bernstein’s lectures covered a lot of terrain, touching on poetry, linguistics, philosophy and physics. Lecture 2: Musical Syntax Lecture 3: Musical Semantics Lecture 4: The Delights & Dangers of Ambiguity Lecture 5: The 20th Century Crisis Lecture 6: The Poetry of Earth This lecture series has been added to our extensive collection of Free Courses.
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