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–Mike Linton, co-founder of Refinersfire, LLC, believes that the talk “What Makes Music Great and Why Does It Matter” is one of the most important things he’s ever done. The culmination of forty-five years of thinking about this question, Linton here presents a nearly four hour lecture, divided into six sections, that’s part gossip, part scholarship, part movie-time, and part piano playing that provides a solid reason why great music is worth the effort required to preserve it, perform it, listen to it, and write it. Begin at the bottom of the list (“What Makes Music Great — and why it matters”) and then work through parts II through VI. Refinersfire guarantees you will find the material illuminating. And if not, you get your money back–

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What Makes Music Great (and why it matters) Part VI

What makes great music great? Its complete integrity. And why is it important? Because it shoves back the darkness. It’s a “mitzvah”.   Professor Linton’s course contains copyrighted material, including portions of musical works, the use of which may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. In making this content available, we have […]

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The Great Wave at Kanagawa

What Makes Music Great (and why it matters)- Part V

The “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai,  Alberti’s “concinnity”, why Milton leaves a bad taste in your mouth, and ripping apart perfectly decent books.     Professor Linton’s course contains copyrighted material, including portions of musical works, the use of which may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. In making this content […]

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Aishwarya Raishort

What Makes Music Great (and why it matters) – Part IV

Fun with Calipers: the repeating Golden Mean on beautiful, and not quite so beautiful faces (Aishwara Rai, Adam Ayash, Ted Bundy, James Dawson Martin, Sitting Bull, Hugh Jackman, Barbara Streisand, Jay Leno), buildings (the Parthenon, Chartres Cathedral, San Diego’s Balboa Park and a Illinois bell tower) and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David.

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Bach - Leipzig

What Makes Music Great (and why it matters) – Part I

Classical music is in a desperate crisis.  Institutions–orchestras, opera companies, concert series and solo performers, even publishers and distributors, are fighting for cultural relevancy and fiscal solvency.  Many are collapsing (the most recent extinction was the venerable New York City Opera which shut its doors in September, 2013, after seventy years of operation).  But while […]

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