Aspen Music Festival And School

Deep Focus: Enriching the Aspen Experience

An array of micro-essays by accomplished musicologists, curated to enhance and enrich your historical and aesthetic engagement with the musical programming offered at Aspen’s 2021 Season. 

Illuminations of the Art Songs of Margaret Allison Bonds (1913-1972)


Dr. Alethea Kilgore brings us a deep dive into Songs of the Seasons, a soon-to-be-published song cycle by Margaret Allison Bonds. Dr. Kilgore’s song-by-song analysis highlights the newfound attention Bonds enjoys from both performers and historians.

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Florence B. Price: A Biographical Vignette


Dr. Samantha Ege provides an orientation to an American masters of compositional craft with a resurgent historical profile: Florence Beatrice Price. 

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Fiddling “In the Barn” with Charles Ives


Charles Ives loved a good, old-fashioned, rural barn dance. At least, he thought he did. Ives readily admits that his musical representations of the barn dance—as heard in pieces like “Washington’s...

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Robert Spano, Music Director

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