Who: Peter Pesic, Tutor and Musician-in-Residence, St. John’s College – Santa Fe
What: Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series
Title: “Organum and Persona: Philosophical Implications of Early Polyphony”
Where: Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
When: Wednesday, October 28, 3:15 p.m.
Details: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question-and-answer period.
This is the ninth lecture in the Fall 2009 Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series. Open to the community, the free lectures offer an opportunity to explore a deeper reading of books in the St. John’s Program as well as other topics. Polyphony — the use of several simultaneous, independent voices — has deeply marked Western music ever since its first written appearance in the ninth century A.D. This practice differs notably from ancient Greek and Roman usage and from many traditions of world music. What was the significance of this flowering of polyphony in the West? What might have been its philosophical and theological implications, both for its contemporaries and for us?
Peter Pesic is a tutor and Musician-in-Residence at St. John’s College. He earned his bachelor’s of arts degree at Harvard University and master’s of science degree and doctorate from Stanford University. He was an associate at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center from 1970 to 1975 and a lecturer at Stanford University starting in 1976. Pesic has been a tutor on the Santa Fe campus since 1980.