The Opposites in Music

Aesthetic Realism


Taught by Barbara Allen, Anne Fielding, Edward Green, Ph.D.

Learn what makes music beautiful and what music says about life and you!
Do you want to be stirred by music of all styles, periods, and countries—and learn why it moves you?

In this exciting class you’ll study music from pre-classical to romantic to the latest hit; from Monteverdi to Ellington; from Bach to the Beatles to a song that will be at the top of the charts next week—and see what makes for beauty in music.

You’ll also see what a particular composition or performance says about your very own life and your biggest hopes–—through this landmark principle, stated by philosopher Eli Siegel: “The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.”


FACULTY BIOS: Barbara Allen, flutist; Anne Fieldingactor & singer; Dr. Edward Green, composer


  • “Music Tells What the World Is Like,” by Eli Siegel
  • Aesthetic Realism and Musica 1951 lecture by Mr. Siegel, discussing many aspects of music. It is serialized in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, issues #1268, 1269, 1270, 1271, 1272, 1273, 1274, 1275, and 1276.
  • Music & “Questions for Everyone.” In issue 1935 of The Right Of, Chairman of Education Ellen Reiss explains that in this 1975 class, Eli Siegel took up his “’Questions for Everyone: To Be Thought about and Discussed’ [which] was published early in the history of Aesthetic Realism, in 1949. It contains 27 questions, and they are beautiful—kind and critical: they get to what most troubles people inwardly.”

Part 1, issue #1935: “‘Do You Want to Be Like Music?'”


The Fall semester of classes is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.

Alternate Sundays, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Beginning date of this class: Sun, Sep 18

Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)

Fee for auditing a class: $12


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