Date(s) - 11/10/2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Humanities Center welcomes Paul Moulton, an Associate Professor of Musicology at the College of Idaho, as our colloquium speaker on Thursday, November 10th at 3:00 PM in 4101 JFSB.
Musical genius seems mysterious and at times super-human. Although these musicians do indeed exhibit something exceptional, the construct of a musical genius really doesn’t appear until Beethoven. Prior to his time musicians were instead often viewed as craftsmen. Significant cultural and artistic changes were occurring prior to Beethoven’s arrival. This presentation primarily focuses on literature’s role in helping establish the construct of literary genius, with particular focus on the 18th-centry Scottish Poems of Ossian. Additionally, the Dr. Moulton attempts to define what musical genius means for modern audiences and aspiring geniuses.
Title: “Creating Genius: Literature and the Formation of the Musical Genius Construct”
Catering by Five Star BBQ