UMS in the Classroom: Murray Perahia, piano
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Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 764-3903.
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This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:
- Political Science
- Germanic Languages and Literatures
- Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
- Slavic Languages and Literatures
- Music Education
- Perahia discusses why he won’t play music composed after 1912 in this interview with the Guardian [hyperlink to ]
- Early in his career, Perahia was mentored by the legendary Vladimir Horowitz. Learn more about Horowitz and other musical giants in Virtuso: the life and art of Niccolò Paganini, Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Fritz Kreisler, Pablo Casals, Wanda Landowska, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould (1982, Thames and Hudson).
- Perahia says, “I’m drawn to…structure because this is what music is about to me – these subconscious elements, things that we’re not really aware of when we’re listening on the surface. But there is a pattern underneath, and you can see it more clearly if you study it. It’s the same with life.” What recurring structural elements did you hear in the works on the program? How did they shape the meaning of the works for you?
- What stylistic or thematic similarities and/or progressions do you see among the works on the program? Why do you think Perahia chose to structure his performance this way?