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Paul Scharfenberger is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Keene State College. He has been a member of the Franklin Pierce music faculty since 1978 and is presently co-coordinator of the department along with David Brandes. Paul has studied formally, at various times, trombone, recorder, piano and viola da gamba and he founded FranklinPierce's early music group Lachrimae in 1979. He is also the recording librarian, overseeing a collection of thousands of individual items. Outside the University, Paul has been the principal trombonist of the Monadnock Orchestra and has hosted his own classical music programs on New Hampshire Public Radio and WMDK/WRPT, Peterborough. His particular interests are music history (especially Medieval, Renaissance and Twentieth Century), John Cage, writing music for percussion and linking music to other disciplines. "Our purpose is to provide our students with the tools to realize their goals. We work closely with each student to fashion a program tailored to their needs."
Our music history survey course covers six basic periods: Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century. Particular attention is devoted to specific composers, artistic movements and the place of music in the art of the time and the society as a whole. Listening is an important part of this process for music is essentially sound, not words. Some research is required.
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