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Harmonic Structure and Characterization in John Adams’s “Nixon in China”

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Timothy Johnson, professor of music theory at Ithaca College, describes how Adams depicts the aspirations and motivations of President Nixon, Madame Mao and Premier Chou by exploring the harmonic structures underlying the three most memorable arias in Adams’s opera, “Nixon in China.” Adams’s harmonic language, based on triads, brings a familiar aural environment to audiences; however, the harmonic structure connecting these harmonies is less conventional. Furthermore, this structure plays an important role in shaping the musical characterization of the historical figures portrayed in the opera. Johnson is author of the book “John Adams’s Nixon in China.”

Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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Date:
Tuesday, June 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States
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609-924-9529

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Lecture
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Janie Hermann
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Summary
Timothy Johnson, professor of music theory at Ithaca College, describes how Adams depicts the aspirations and motivations of President Nixon, Madame Mao and Premier Chou by exploring the harmonic structures underlying the three most memorable arias in Adams’ opera, "Nixon in China." Adams’ harmonic language, based on triads, brings a familiar aural environment to audiences; however, the harmonic structure connecting these harmonies is less conventional. Furthermore, this structure plays an important role in shaping the musical characterization of the historical figures portrayed in the opera. Johnson is author of the book "John Adams’s Nixon in China."
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Princeton Festival
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