Collectors Book Salon: Seth Stewart
Seth Stewart had planned to speak at our May Collectors’ Book Salon but was unable to attend. We have rescheduled his Chat for the Salon on October 25th. He 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 developed technical vocabulary that waxes esoteric, while lay descriptions can be abstract and overly subjective. Drawing from his experience as a classically trained composer and rock musician, 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 of Pythagoras and Augustine; social conventions of Beethoven’s time; the complex technical terminology of Schoenberg; and the laypersons’ methods of Rolling Stone Magazine. Seth will guide our exploration of how various authors made synesthetic bridges to make words describe the experience of music.