Collectors Book Salon: Seth Stewart
Book-lovers and collectors meet at Weller Book Works Collectors' Book Salons on the last Friday of each month, January through October. Serious and frivolous bibliophiles meet in our Rare Book Department for friendship conversation, edification and bibliolust. We start at 6:30 pm and at 7:15, an invited bibliophile leads the Collectors' Chat about a topic of her or his particular knowledge and passion. And at each salon there is also a special deal on rare books.
For the May Salon, Seth Stewart will discuss and share examples of how writers have grappled with writing and talking about music throughout the centuries. Music is often compared to language, but describing it in concrete written terms proves difficult. Theorists have developed technical vocabulary that waxes esoteric, while lay descriptions can be abstract and overly subjective. Drawing from his experience as a classically trained composer by day and rock musician by night, Stewart will present historical milestones of musical literature, from the cosmology-infused narratives of ancient Greece, to the birth of musicology in the 18th century, to modern mass-media coverage of the latest pop album. He’ll share examples of philosophic approaches like those of Pythagoras and Augustine; social conventions of Beethoven’s time; the complex technical terminology of Schoenberg; and laypersons’ methods of Rolling Stone. Seth will guide our exploration of how various authors made synesthetic bridges to make words describe the experience of music.