Thomas Forrest Kelly




Tom Kelly is the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University. Professor Kelly received his B.A. from Chapel Hill; spent two years on a Fulbright in France studying musicology, chant, and organ. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard (1973) with a dissertation on office tropes. He has taught at Wellesley, Smith, Amherst, and at Oberlin, where he directed the Historical Performance Program and served as acting Dean of the Conservatory. He was named a Harvard College Professor in 2000 and the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music in 2001.

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Jul 21st 2016

Learn about Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, an iconic Romantic symphony that ushered in an era of narrative “program music.”

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Apr 28th 2016

Learn about Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, one of the first operas ever written. Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo premiered in Mantua in 1607, and continues to be regarded as one of the most important examples of early opera. With L’Orfeo, Monteverdi helped to establish the techniques and traditions that continue to inform the genre of opera to this day.

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Jan 7th 2016

Learn about Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony and forms of orchestral music

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Nov 15th 2015

Discover Handel’s Messiah in this installment of First Nights, which will explore five masterpieces of western music.

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Sep 21st 2015 - Self Paced

Examine Medieval scrolls in detail, and gain an understanding of their uses and historical significance.

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Sep 21st 2015 - Self-Paced

Learn about the ornate liturgical books used in medieval cathedrals and monasteries, and their purpose in the Middle Ages.

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