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Looking Upward

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Music in Life:
Looking Upward

Frank Cooper's Music in Life
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

February 18: Looking Upward
Survey how music has interpreted spiritual beliefs from ancient times to the present.

This lecture is part of Frank Cooper's Music in Life series, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s observation, “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

These presentations will examine the idea of music during history’s most prominent eras. We will calculate music’s intrinsic value to human experience — its often lauded and sometimes criticized ability to effect emotion via rhythm, melody, harmony and form. As the servant of humanity’s needs — sacred, national, civic, domestic and occupational — music provides more than entertainment.  So powerful is music to life that its study helps us to understand ourselves.

Our cast of characters includes: Aristotle, Augustine, Bach, Beethoven, Borge, Castiglione, Chopin, Cleese, Fitzgerald, Gaga, Galen, Handel, Hippocrates, Jefferson, John Paul II, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Picasso, Plato, Presley, Rachmaninoff, Shakespeare, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Tinctoris, Twining, Verdi, Weber, Wagner, Zarlino and more!

Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper

Award-winning musicologist Frank Cooper's extensive career includes work as a teacher, pianist, lecturer, writer and founder of the Festival of Neglected Romantic Music.


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