Analysis Salon


From 1904-1978 Nadia Boulanger held her esteemed Wednesday afternoon group class and evening salons. Copland, Stravinsky, Fauré, Bernstein, Paul Valéry, and many other luminaries across the arts were frequent attendees. The works of Bach provided the foundation of knowledge and ideas that were meticulously traced through the ages.

In this same tradition Dr. Boyle offers Analysis Salons from his studio in Philadelphia. Each evening begins with a 7-7:30 wine and cheese reception, an analysis lecture from 7:30-8:30, and light refreshment and discussion to follow. Don't live near Philadelphia? Each lecture can be streamed live or watched anytime thereafter.


Analysis Salon Season 5

“Dear me!How long is art! And short is our life!”

Goethe, Faust

A circus, a zoo, a menagerie…. Beginnings and middles and endings…..
In Season 5 of Analysis Salon, we trace time in music as a parallel to the experience of all living things; created from the smallest building blocks, growing in complexity and knowledge, and finally looking back on all that came before.

Friday September 27, 2019
s5 e1 Omnium Rerum Princpia Parva Sunt  -  Bach WTC Book 1 Bb Minor

Friday November 15, 2019
s5 e2  Bunnies and Skeletons  -  Chopin Etude Opus 10 No 6

Wednesday January 15, 2020
s5 e3  The Unicorn  -  Schumann Davidsblundertanze, Op 6

Thursday March 19, 2020
s5 e4  The Gorgon - Brahms Intermezzo, Op 118 No 2

Wednesday May 27, 2020
s5 e5  The Manticore - Barber O Boundless, Boundless Evening


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Previous Available Analysis Salon Lectures

All previous Analysis Salon lectures found below can be streamed at any time for $15 each. Access to ALL previous episodes can be purchased for $200.

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Analysis Salon Season 4

Season four begins where we like to begin – where so many paths begin; with Bach. From the multitudes of possibilities he uncovered, we trace a zig-zag line back and forth between composers adding from without (Chopin, Bartok, Debussy) and building from within (Brahms, Duruflé), all holding to the rigor and structure that we like to explore in Analysis Salon.  

s4 e1 The Great Expanse  -  Bach WTC Book 1 C# Major

s4 e2  Modality and Subterfuge  -  Chopin Mazurkas Op. 24 Nos. 2 & 4

s4 e3  Synthesis and the Depth of the Ocean  -  Brahms Zwei Gesang, Op. 91

s4 e4  A New Semiotic  -  Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste

s4 e5  The Singularity  -  Duruflé Requiem

s4 e6 The Road to Damascus - Chopin Prelude No. 17, Beethoven Pathetique

s4 e7 Harmonie du soir - Franck Violin Sonata

Analysis Salon Season 3

Season three of Analysis Salon focuses on composer’s efforts to push toward a sense of sublimity through the expansion and transcendence of harmonic, contrapuntal, and formal dicta of music - including the use of non-tonal concepts - in choral music, chamber music, art-song, works for keyboard, orchestral music, and opera spanning 400 years.

s3 e1  On the Eve of Tonality  -  Tallis If ye love me, Byrd Ave verum corpus

s3 e2  The Grand Duality  -  Bach WTC 1 Eb Major

s3 e3  Up the Long Ladder  -  Schumann Trio No. 1, Op. 63     

s3 e4  12-tone Designs and the Supernatural -  Chopin Nocturne No. 12, Britten A Mid Summer Night’s Dream

s3 e5  The Frivolous and the Sublime  -  Poulenc Banalites

s3 e6  Ghosts of the Past, Shades of the Future  -  Berg Violin Concerto

s3 e7  “Car j'ai de grands departs inassouvis en moi” -  Fauré L’horizon chimerique

Analysis Salon Season 2

s2 e2   The Synthesis of the Old and the New, the Human and the Divine

Barber Prayers of Kierkegaard

s2 e3    Meta-Counterpoint: The Farther Shore Part 1  -  Schumann Kriesleriana

s2 e4    Meta-Counterpoint: The Farther Shore Part 1I  -  Schumann Kriesleriana

s2 e5    Meta-Counterpoint: The Farther Shore Part 1II  -  Schumann Kriesleriana

s2 e6    The Elegance of Species Design  -  Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 No. 4, Faure Clair de lune, Op. 46 - 2

s2 e7   The Power of the Overtone Series and the Will of the Pitch - Chopin Nocturnes Op. 27

s2 e8   Hypermetrics; The Perception of and the Desire for Symmetry  - 
Chopin Impromptu Op. 51, Poulenc Gloria