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Exploring the Music and Culture of Great European Cities

Ended Aug 9, 2016

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Course Details

Duration: 6 Weeks

Commitment: 5 Hours per week (suggested)

Course Type: Instructor Led

Requirement: None


Tom Steinbrunner
Professor of Music

Tom's been a performing artist for forty years, having begun as a studio musician in New York City before going on tour as a jazz bassist with world renowned touring artists. Since joining the university, he has quickly become a valued member of the faculty, sharing a vast knowledge of artists rights and laws pertaining to creative rights management. A blogger and writer, Tom's work can be found in numerous digital and print publications.


Care to see Beethoven's piano-forte? Or place a flower in memory of Franz Schubert at his beautiful tomb in Vienna? If you're a classical music fan, you'll want to join us on a virtual tour of the birthplaces, museums, and graves of Europe's great composers. If it wasn't for these men, music today would be entirely different!


Contemporary music is an evolution of classical music and for this reason this genre is also named contemporary classical music. Since the middle of the last century, new music has emerged, originally inspired by romantic music, but also the simple characteristics of atonality, twelve-tone music, Second Viennese school, etc. Today there are many festivals dedicated to contemporary music, such as the Donaueschingen Festival of Contemporary Music, the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence, the Wien Modern, the Ultima Festival in Oslo, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Festival Pontino of Latina and the Festival Tempo Reale in Florence.