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Musicologist Richard Taruskin Tackles Music and Censorship

Richard Taruskin, professor of music at the  University of California Berkeley, asks, “Did Somebody Say Censorship?” on Monday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater as part of Marlboro College’s Monday Night Lecture Series on creativity.

Taruskin, author of the six-volume Oxford History of Western Music, published in 2005, will present musical works that have been altered in the course of their reception by composers, musicians and legal authorities. He will discuss whether it is appropriate to categorize these changes as censorship, and, if so, whether that is always a bad thing.

A conductor and viola da gambist as well as esteemed musicologist, Taruskin specializes in 15th century music, Russian music, Stravinsky, analytical methods, and theory of performance practice.

Taruskin’s most recent book, The Oxford History of Western Music is nearly 4,000 pages, weighs almost 20 pounds and took a decade for him to write. It was named one of the Best Books of 2005 by The Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. Earlier books include Music in the Western World: A History in Documents (1985) and the award-winning Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions (1996). His publications range from scholarly articles to book reviews to music liner notes. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, New Republic, and many other academic journals.

Taruskin is the recipient of an Albert Einstein Award and Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships as well as a host of awards, including the Kinkeldey Prize, the Dent Medal of Royal Musical Association (Great Britain), the Greenberg Prize and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Monday Night Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives).

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