Tuesday, April 20, 2010
My wonderful music theory teacher Lew Spratlan was in the New York Times on April 11th. I took his theory class at Amherst while I was at Hampshire. We went from really basic theory to third species counterpoint and being able to transcribe 8 bars of Bach in one semester.
Lew won the Pulitzer for Music in 2000 for his opera "Life Is a Dream" (based on the Calderon play; James Maraniss wrote the libretto), but it has never been performed in its entirety. Finally, this summer, Santa Fe Opera is going to produce it.
Photo credit: Chad Batka for the New York Times