April 12th, 2007 15:06 EST
Woodrow Wilson Fellows Celebrate International Week
Two keynote speeches highlighted International Week on Wednesday, March 28, at 7pm at the Bristol Chapel on the Westminster Choir College Princeton campus. The speakers, Woodrow Wilson Fellows Robert Cogan and Pozzi Escot, put forward another approach to musical design and enlightened listeners on the topic of internationalism.
Cogan is a composer, music theorist, and teacher. Escot is a Professor of Composition and Music Theory at the New England Conservatory. International Week presented One World, Many Voices Â" as its theme, which lasted from March 26-30.
Cogan began by taking note that there was an audience of about eighteen, and showed appreciation that he would be having a conversation rather than giving a lecture. e encouraged the audience to interrupt at any time with questions and asked them to move forward towards the podium for a yet more active session.
Cogan gave insight on the depth of the human being: We inhabit parallel universes, unimaginable revelations, and unbreakable horizons. Â" He elaborated on the subject of different cultures within the human species.
We have the entire earth and its human heritage available to us, Â" he said. They are ours either to celebrate or to devastate. Â" Cogan further commented on how heritages vary so greatly: Suddenly I realized that in addition to the heritage I was taught about, there are all these other heritages and cultures. Â"
In describing the vision of science, Cogan stated that science belongs to everyone, and it not characteristic of simply East, West, North or South. Throughout his discourse, he presented a series of spectrographs or musical charts on Mozart, Japanese music, a ten-minute prelude to Vaughner, and a Native American Buffalo Dance. For each one he followed the lines of the chart with his hand as the music progressed.
After showing the Buffalo Dance spectrograph, Cogan said that the destruction of this culture and music was an embarrassment to all of us. Â" Cogan concluded with a quote from Ernest Hemingway: A thousand years makes economics silly and a work of art endures forever, but it is very difficult to do and now it is not fashionable. Â"
Escot began by asking the audience, Who are we and where are we going? Â" She drew four geometrical shapes on a chalkboard and asked the audience how they fit together. When united, they formed a house.
All of us need a house in one way or another, Â" she said. Escot explored the concept of internationalism and understanding the possibility of who we are. Â"
Once I was wearing a North American Indian shirt, Chinese pants, and Israeli shoes, Â" she said. That in a sense you can say is internationalism. Â" Melissa Dennis, Student Life Coordinator at Westminster, said that the talks were a great chance to see different perspectives on music from two different people who are knowledgeable in the area. Â"
Katherine Kamm, a junior at Westminster, said, It was inspiring. I didn`t know that this visual aspect of music is such a growing and expanding field. Â"
Note: This article was originally contributed by a writer who is no longer affiliated with theSOP.