Friends of Sarah Lawrence College Mini-Course: Music and Philosophy with Music Faculty Member Martin Goldray

Marshall Field Room 1

Open to the public

/ Thursday


This mini-course is open to Friends of the College only; learn more about and join the Friends at

The course will examine some questions about music that have been raised by philosophers in recent decades: how does music convey meaning? What makes music expressive? Does it express emotions and, if so, whose emotions are they, and how are they related to the emotions we experience in everyday life? What can we infer about the composer from the evidence of the music? Absolute music, or music for instruments alone, has generally been the focus of these questions, but we will look at examples from the song and operatic repertory as well, including music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Ives, and Shostakovich.

Learn more about Martin Goldray, the Marjorie Leff Miller Faculty Scholar in Music

This course runs for three days, January 9, 10, and 11. Reading materials will be available upon registration.

To register for this course, or for more information on the Friends of Sarah Lawrence College, please e-mail or call 914.323.6154.