Musicologist lecture focuses on Jean-Luc Godard’s films

Michael Baumgartner

Michael Baumgartner

Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music hosts a lecture by musicologist Michael Baumgartner 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Bliss Recital Hall.

The event is free and open to the public

Baumgartner is assistant professor of Musicology at Cleveland State University and the author of the monograph Exiled Goddesses: Women Statues in the Stage Works of Kurt Weill, Thea Musgrave and Othmar Schoeck. He is currently writing a book on Jean-Luc Godard’s use of music in his films.

Baumgartner’s research comprises music in relation to the other arts (cinema, theatre and visual arts), music of the 20th and 21st centuries (Kurt Weill, Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, and Duke Ellington), and the exploration of the narrative capacity of music. Much of his research is published in numerous collections, dictionaries, and journals.

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard

Baumgartner’s lecture will focus on Jean-Luc Godard’s early films from 1960 to around 1966 revealing an ironic reflection of Hollywood cinema from the 1940s and 1950s. Godard treats the music in his early films from the same self-reflexive standpoint as he does with all the other cinematic devices. One Hollywood genre Godard was particularly fond of was the musical.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Dana School of Music and the Dana Research Society, a student organization promoting student research in music. For more information on the lecture, email Ewelina Boczkowska at eboczkowska@ysu.edu.

Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.