Lectures: "The Art of Listening to Music"

These inspiring and wide-ranging classes explore the lives and music of history’s most beloved composers, some neglected in recent years, and others whose works are mainstays of the classical music repertoire. Incorporating stories from the composers’ lives, quotes from their letters and diaries, live performances and recorded excerpts, Ms. Levioff brings the music to life in a unique and personal way. For many years she has given these lectures for the Himan Brown Program for seniors at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Lectures can be tailored to suit different age groups and venues.


Sample Lectures Given to Date

• Piano Music of George Gershwin

• The Art of the Violin Sonata

• English Art Songs

• Preludes for piano by Debussy, Casadesus, Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, Gershwin, Sheila Silver

• Music inspired by Baudelaire; works of Claude Debussy and Sheila Silver

• The Art of Baroque Ornamentation: J.S. Bach's Partita no. 1 in B-flat

• Collaboration with composer/cellist Paul Brantley: Music of Debussy, Bloch, Brantley

• Haydn Piano Sonatas

• Beethoven's Revisions to his 4th piano Concerto, Op. 58

• Piano Music of Debussy, Known and  


• Chamber Music of Joaquin Turina

• Life and Music of Felix Mendelssohn, 3-Part Series

• Jazz and the Music of Maurice Ravel

• Piano Quintets of the Romantic Era

• Robert Schumann: The Early Years


• Rhythmic Creativity of Robert Schumann

• Frédéric Chopin: The Early Years

• Frédéric Chopin: Through the Eyes of Franz Liszt

• Cecile Chaminade: Her Life and Music


• The Toccata, 5-Part Series


• The Mozart Piano Sonatas transcribed for two pianos by Grieg