The decade of the 1890’s is a fascinating musical decade, the moment when the peak of Romanticism collides with the beginning of Modernism and the emerging, subversive influence of American popular music.

Wagner is the rage; Dvorak comes to America, composes his New World Symphony and offers direction for a new generation of American composers; Richard Strauss’s tone poems take Europe by storm; Tchaichovsky composes his masterpiece, Symphony No. 6, and is dead within two of weeks of its premiere; Mahler’s Second and Third Symphonies forever transform the expressive capacity of the symphonic form; Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of the Faun is greeted by critics and public alike as “crazy modern music”; Brahms composes his last works, intimate masterpieces featuring clarinet or piano solo; Satie works by night in a Montmartre nightclub and by day composes music that is harmonically and rhythmically twenty years ahead of its time; Scott Joplin’s syncopated ragtime emerges out of America’s heartland;  the popularity of the Minstrel Show is waning and a new form of American popular entertainment, Vaudeville, is emerging. This is the decade of the 1890s in Europe and America. Let’s explore it together.

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  • The World of Music I—Music of the 1890's

    First Session: Tue, Sep 30, 2014, 12:30 pm - 2:10 pm

    Instructor: Louis Rosen  show bio

    Louis Rosen is a songwriter, guitarist, author, teacher and 2005 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in Music Composition. Louis recently completed his thirtieth year of teaching the music theory and appreciation curriculum for the 92nd Street Y School of Music.

    He has released three albums with vocalist Capathia Jenkins: The Ache of Possibility (Di-Tone, 2009), One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (PS Classics, 2008) and South Side Stories (Rosecap, 2006). The songs from these albums have been heard on hundreds of radio stations around the U.S., as well as part of extended interview/performance segments on Public Radio International’s "Tavis Smiley Show," NPR’s "Tell Me More" and WNYC’s "Soundcheck with John Schaeffer," as well as TV’s "CBS Morning News." Most recently, Louis composed music for Lincoln Center’s Tony-nom...for full instructor biography and other classes taught by this instructor, click here

    Day(s): Tuesday

    Sessions: 12

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    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Room: S251, 2nd Fl, S Bldg

    Price: from $335.00

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