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David LudwigDavid Ludwig’s Inside Pitch: Winds of Change

Throughout the course of music history there have been “seed pieces”: works that break new ground and that have an impact on countless composers and their pieces to come after. Works like Mille Regretz, of Josquin, Orfeo by Monterverdi, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Wagner’s Prelude from Tristan und Isolde, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes would inspire imitation and new perspectives. We will examine what made works like these so influential and see the echoes of that influence over time in the music and techniques of later compositions in music for opera, chamber music, orchestra, and film.