Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino (detail), 1839, J. M. W. Turner. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Sonnets and Sonatas presents Swan Song: On Late Style


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

To what extent are late works significant in artists’ careers? What light do they shed on the artist's earlier works and in what ways do they influence followers of the artist? What kind of legacy is the so-called "swan song"? Starting from those questions and inspired by philosophers like Theodore Adorno and Edward Said, this program of lecture and performance presents late works of 19th-century composers (including Schubert, Beethoven, and Chopin), situating each composition in its context.

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