The New York City CUNY Graduate Center English Doctoral candidate Christina Katopodis presented this thoughtfilled presentation. Her dissertation explores the influences of music, nonhuman sounds, and sonic vibrations on 19th-Century American thought and literature, examining three major Transcendentalist figures.
Katopodis began her presentation by asking people to get up an share their experience of their first concert. She describes Mararet Fuller’s first experiences of concerts was by going into homes of friends. Girls were encouraged to learn to play the piano in the early 1800s. Fuller helped to bring forth the presence of the intellectual and sensual woman.
In a world that moves too fast and is so very noisy, there is a quietude to sitting quietly while centering one’s thoughts on the strains pouring out from the musicians’ instruments. Katopodis’s reflections are insightful of our collective musical development through history and the near present. It is a reminder not to take music for granted. It is more than just filling silence. It is a dance of sound and silence, the whole note and the rest.