The Future of Music: Part I

Fortune tellers are a problematic lot, almost always wrong and frequently thieves to boot (as Georges de La Tour showed in his 1630 "The Fortune Teller" now in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). But undeterred, Mike Linton here prognosticates on the future of Classical Music, talking about music calculated and maded-up, a Russian billionaire and his awesome (literally) New York apartment, naked opera, Twin Peaks' "log lady," fountains in the Arabian desert, labor disputes and ear buds and what all this means for music. It's quite a ride. Composer Michael Linton teaches music theory (and some occasional history) to freshman and sophomore students at Middle Tennessee State University. Before coming to MTSU Linton taught in Connecticut and Minnesota and received training at Wheaton College (Illinois), the University of Cincinnati, Yale, and New York University, having studied with composers Krzysztof Penderecki, Lukas Foss, John Gilbert, T. Scott Huston and Bruce MacCombie. Linton, whose writings have appeared in the journal First Things, The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal, has twice held fellowships with the NEH. He is one of the founding members of Refinersfire, LLC and much of his music as well as his writings and lectures can be found on the company's site. A native of California, Linton lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with his wife Janet and their three daughters and miscellaneous stray animals.

The Future of Music: Part II

In Part II of Professor Linton's "The Future of Music", he discusses Wagner's "Parsifal", Boulez's "Structures", & Cage's "Etudes Australes". This lecture was presented in April 2013 and was filmed live at MTSU. Professor Linton’s lecture contains copyrighted material, including portions of musical works and video, the use of which may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. In making this content available, we have relied on fair use as provided for in section 107 of the United States Copyright Law. We make no representation that your use, reuse or remixing of this content will constitute fair use or that by using, reusing or remixing this content you will not infringe upon the rights of others. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes that exceed fair use or wish to use such material in a manner that is not authorized under the applicable copyright law, you must request permission from the copyright owner.