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Thursday, 2 April 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Musical Endings

Professor Jeremy Summerly

Should a composer leave the listener wanting more, or must a musical ending be definitive? Is a ‘fade out’ actually a cop-out, and is a decisive ending preferable to an abrupt one? In short, is the object of a musical ending to bring an audience to its feet? And what about false endings? Do they excite or belittle the audience? 

This lecture will certainly not be the last word on the subject of musical endings, but it might, ironically, be a start.

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Jeremy is Visiting Gresham Professor of Music History. 

He is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He also chairs the Academy's Continuing Professional Development Programme. 

He has delivered the annual Christmas carol service at Gresham College since 2014. In 2019, he was made Visiting Professor of Music History.

Professor Summerly's lecture series are as follows:

2021/22 Music and Emotion

2020/21 100 Years of BBC Radio

2019/20 Making Music

All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Music History can be accessed here.

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