Jonathan Leathwood Lecture: "Perceiving and Shaping Harmony: A Practical Talk for Guitarists"

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September 10

10:00am - 12:00pm

Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 121, Williams Recital Salon

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Families,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff

Part of the 2023 Denver Guitar Festival

"Perceiving and Shaping Harmony: A Practical Talk for Guitarists"

In a piece of tonal music, we are all used to shaping the line, bringing out the highpoints or lowpoints. But what about the harmony? Often, it’s the interaction of line and harmony that gives a passage its depth, but one of the less discussed aspects of performance practice is how to give a harmonic progression a sense of direction. In this practical talk, I will show some ways of working that I and my students have found useful. We’ll look at how to develop your ear for harmony, how to choose which harmonic function to emphasize, how to put line and harmony into conversation, how to identify which harmonies are structural, and how harmonies can function like motifs. Examples will be drawn from Bach, Sor, Giuliani, Schubert, and Regondi. 

Jonathan Leathwood is chair of guitar at the Lamont School of Music