Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Roberto DiDomenica, dean of the NEC from 1969-1992, has died. He was 86.
DiDomenica’s Harmony class was outstanding. He worked through Schoenberg’s Harmonielehre over two years and developed a fantastically clear perspective on the evolution of harmonic language and how the great composers used it. I think about it every day as I’m playing, and it’s rare lesson when I don’t refer to what he taught me to my own students. I only wish I could have taken form with him as well. Condolences to his widow Ellen.
Truly a loss, although a great life can stay alive through those who worked with him. In a practical sense, using should remain the standard and timeless verbalization of a beat divided into seven, as was the practice at NEC.
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