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Sun, Feb 23


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Haydn's The Clock: The Intersection of Art & Technology

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Time & Location

Feb 23, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

About the event

Part of the series Sight & Sound, in which conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A.

Musicians, like their contemporaries in art and science, were mesmerized (often literally by Franz Anton Mesmer himself) by the advancements and pseudo-advancements in science and technology during the second half of the 18th century. While Mozart poked fun at this fascination in Così fan tutte, Haydn drew inspiration from the fabulous advances in horology in Vienna and London.

Haydn: Symphony No. 101, The Clock

Leon Botstein, conductor

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