Musicologist Richard Taruskin to Speak On Russian Music Nov. 13-14

Nov. 4, 1997

by Richard Veit

Richard Taruskin, one of the world's foremost authorities on composer Igor Stravinsky and the history of Russian music, will present two lectures Nov. 13-14 at Baylor University as part of the School of Music's Lyceum Series.

The first lecture, "Russian Music," will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13, and the second presentation, "Stravinsky and Us," will be on Friday, Nov. 14. Both lectures will begin at 4 p.m. in Meadows Recital Hall, which is located in the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus.

Taruskin holds a doctorate in historical musicology from Columbia University, and he has taught at Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California at Berkeley.

He is the author of Opera and Drama in Russia, Music in the Western World, Text and Act, Defining Russia Musically and many other books.

One of his most recent publications is the well-received Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions. Reviewing this book in the current issue of The Musical Times, critic Robin Holloway called it "a marvelous achievement-the century's paradigmatic composer has been accorded the attention he demands and deserves. Commentators on Stravinsky will surely have to think 'Before Taruskin' and 'After Taruskin' from this moment on!"

These two lectures by Richard Taruskin are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 710-3991.

The Lyceum Series is funded annually through a grant from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas.

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