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 Wednesday evening 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

‘Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.” - Igor Stravinsky

What determines an artist’s path? What decisions does he or she make that end up defining them? Can we trace actual moments when one branch of a forking path was taken and one branch was ignored? 

In Season 5 of Analysis Salon, we will trace direct responses of composers to their predecessors; Bach to Fux, Chopin to Beethoven, Ravel to Debussy. In discussing these ideas of lineage and the forging of identity we will more fully appreciate what adding something truly new to the repertoire truly entails. 

s5 e1 February 7, 2018 Aristotle, God, and Fugue; Bach vs. Fux
Rep: Bach WTC2 E Major, Fux Gradus ad Parnassum

s5 e2 March 7, 2018 The Road to Damascus
Rep: Chopin Prelude No. 17, Beethoven Pathetique

s5 e3 April 4, 2018 Harmonie du soir
Rep: Franck Violin Sonata

s5 e4 May 2, 2018 This Side of Paradise
Rep: Brahms Viola Sonata Opus 120 No. 2

s5 e5 May 30, 2018 The Devil in the Dark
Rep: Ravel L'enfant et la sortilèges

In-person participation: $30 per seminar                      Streaming live/anytime: $20 per seminar
In-person Season 5 all-access: $130                                  Streaming live/anytime Season 5 all-access: $90

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All previous Analysis Salon lectures found below can be streamed at any time. Please contact here and note which episodes you would like to view.

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

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 No. 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