How different may performances of one and the same classical piece be, and why? Do we know how to distinguish the intent of a composer from the individual interpretation of a performer? Does our enjoyment of music depend on the circumstances when hearing it and technical characteristics of various media and musical equipment? What is the difference between a live concert and a studio recording?
Hermeneutics as an art of interpretation has traditionally been applied to literary texts. Alexei Trifonov will explain in his course that it is equally important to be able to understand and interpret works of classical music.
The course includes theoretical and practical classes which will allow the students not only to gain the knowledge necessary for understanding and feeling music, but also to try to apply this knowledge in practice on their own (to compare different interpretations of the same musical piece).