Music and Landscape

Scott Ordway (Music)

The natural world has always been a primary source of inspiration for musicians. In recent years, composers have continued this tradition by creating powerful works in response to contemporary environmental issues such as global warming, carbon emissions, and wilderness conservation, among others. In this seminar, which is led by an award-winning composer and conductor, students will listen to and discuss classical and contemporary vocal and instrumental works that address and celebrate humanity’s efforts to live in harmony with the natural world. In addition to short readings, assignments will include listening, writing, and a mentored field recording project in New Brunswick. No prior musical experience is required.