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In Search of Meaning in Music (Online)

Chaden Yafi

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Detecting meaning in music is a difficult philosophical task that has occupied the minds of philosophers and thinkers throughout the centuries. From prominent German philosophers like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, to the American philosopher Susanne Langer who researched the similarity between music and language, many have tried to analyze this most abstract form of art to discover its secrets. Join pianist and music scholar Chaden Yafi as we wander through the thought of French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch (himself a pianist) and his contemporary, Theodor Adorno, both of whom wrote extensively about the issue of meaning in music. Finally, we’ll explore the great American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein’s simplification of this question into his idea of the four layers of musical meaning.

This livestreaming program can be taken from home or anywhere with an internet connection. If you register, you will be emailed viewing instructions either the evening before or the morning of the event. Please be sure to check “spam” and “junk” folders!

This class will be recorded. Recordings will be available for registered students, and only upon request.
Recordings are not available for purchase after the program ends.

All times are CDT. Please contact with any questions.

Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

About the instructor

Chaden Yafi

Dr. Chaden Yafi holds degrees from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts (DMA and recipient of the Dean’s Award), Longy School of Music (Master’s in Piano Performance, Graduate Performance Diploma), and Damascus University (Bachelor in Pharmacy). She has worked at the University of Houston, Tufts University, and Boston University, and lectured at Dartmouth College, Tufts University, University of Houston, and Boston University.

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Date & time


Saturday, July 2,
10am - 12pm CT

2 h

Number of sessions




$20.00 USD


$25.00 USD


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