As part of the American Academy's public program, each week we offer public lectures, concerts, screenings, or readings by Academy fellows, distinguished visitors, and special guests. Most evening lectures take place at the Hans Arnhold Center, but the Academy also partners with a handful of cultural institutions in Berlin for special events: Radialsytem V, the JFK Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin, Kino Babylon, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the United States Embassy, and the Hertie School of Governance. The spring 2012 semester sees additional exciting partnerships, including: März Musik|Berliner Festspiele; Literaturhaus Stuttgart; carlier|gebauer; Dialogue Books; 11. Berliner Wintersalon; Netzwerk Health Capital; Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen; Hotel Adlon Kempinski; and TU Dresden.
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Milton Babbitt and Elliott Carter were two prominent twentieth-century American composers who played decisive roles in defining musical complexity. Both were involved in shaping import systems for European modernism and export systems for difficult American modern music in the era of the Marshall Plan. In discussing their music and influence, Martin Brody, who is completing a book on the subject, will suggest relationships between cultural politics, music patronage, formalist theories, and the often challenging aesthetics of modern music during the Cold War—especially as these relationships played out in the New York new music scene and post-war Rome.
Martin Brody is the Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music at Wellesley College, where he has been on the faculty since 1979. Brody was the Fromm Composer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2001 and served as Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome from 2007-2010. His writings on contemporary music have appeared in The Musical Quarterly, Perspectives of New Music, and The Journal of Music Theory. Brody has been comissioned to compose works for the Boston Musica Viva, the CrossSounds Festival, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, Collage New Music und the Fleet Boston Celebrity Series. He is the composer of the chamber operas Heart of a Dog and Earth Studies. He has received various awards and commissions, among them the Academy-Institute Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Brody is president of the Stefan Wolpe Society and serves on the editorial board of Perspectives of New Music.