Science with symphony

Author: Milla Karvonen – Allegra Lab Helsinki; University of Oulu, Finland

Classical music seems to be somewhat a neglected media in science communication. However, many classical composers extend their sources of inspiration to science and scientists. There are numerous examples of works from operas of scientists’ lives to compositions based on actual scientific data.

Is classical music a good format for informing audiences on scientific topics, or making them interested in science? Does scientific accuracy, emotional connection, or a new point of view matter in the end? In this paper I interview composers to discuss for example why these topics are chosen, and if there is a message they wish to convey, or do they have other motives? The paper also explores what kind of contexts and venues these works are presented in.

I will also discuss if classical music could be used as a tool for science communication. In what ways the impact of scientifically motivated music on the society could be enhanced?

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Presentation type: Individual paper
Theme: Society
Area of interest: Investigating science communication practices