Tutor profile: Michele K.
Listen to John Adams' musical piece "On the Transmigration of Souls" and give a brief outline of his history and the nature of his work.
John Coolidge Adams, American composer and conductor, is highly regarded for his unique talent and expertise in minimalism, a style of music that uses minimal material, in repetition, with small or gradual changes. Born in 1947, he began learning to play the clarinet from his father at a very young age. By ten years old, he was composing his own music, and by fourteen, he was hearing those pieces performed live. He played in marching bands, community orchestras, and eventually enrolled in and graduated from Harvard University, where he was one of the first students allowed to present a musical composition for his undergraduate thesis. In 1971, after graduating, he moved to San Francisco, where he became familiar with and inspired by the works of composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley—all minimalists. Over the past few decades, Adams has carved an impressive niche for himself in contemporary music, through compositions lauded for their “depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes." The strength and emotional complexity in his music has made Adams a widely sought-after musician, one who has the ability to write poignantly and honorably about even the most deeply traumatic events.
Outline the distinction between a posteriori and a priori knowledge.
A posteriori (which means, "from what is after") is knowledge that depends on or is justified by experience. An example of a posteriori knowledge is, "It is raining in London right now." I could only make this claim after seeing or hearing about the current weather in London. A priori (which means, "from what is before") is knowledge that is independent of experience - knowledge that comes from reasoning and self-evident truths. For example, "3+3=6" and "Today is Friday, therefore tomorrow is Saturday" are a priori claims.
"I'm going to hit the books now so I don't have to pull an all-nighter before the exam next week." In this sentence, "hit the books" and "all-nighter" are examples of what? A) Anecdote B) Colloquialism C) Paradox
B) Colloquialism Now I'm going to "ace" that exam!
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