Decades ago the great lyricist Yip Harburg wrote, "Songs are the pulse of a nation's heart. Are we at peace? Are we in trouble? Are we floundering? Do we feel beautiful? Do we feel ugly?"

From Yankee Doodle to the Civil War, from the Great Depression, through the turmoil of the 1960's to the Blue and Red State world of today, songs have both reflected and shaped our thoughts and actions, as individuals and as a nation. This semester we’ll explore a wide range of work ranging in tone from hysterically funny to deadly serious, from sardonically ironic to tenderly sincere; selections that will conclude the political musical theater of George and Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg, Marc Blitzstein and Stephen Sondheim, to the songs of Stephen Foster, Yip Harburg, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Tom Lehrer, Phil Ochs, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Gil Scott Heron, Randy Newman — perhaps even a glimpse at Hamilton — and much more. Campaign songs, protest songs, songs of patriotism, political satire, social commentary and hope.

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  • The Word of Music I

    First Session: Tue, Sep 27, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm

    Instructor: Louis Rosen  show bio

    Louis Rosen is a composer, lyricist, author, performer and teacher. Albums of his songs include his solo debut, Time Was; three CDs with Capathia Jenkins: The Ache of Possibility; One Ounce of Truth (The Nikki Giovanni Songs); South Side Stories, and the forthcoming Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes. Musical Theater: Book of the Night; A Child’s Garden; and most recently, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Selected other compositions: Twelve Songs on Poems by Maya Angelou; A Child’s Garden Song Suite; It Is Still Dark: Songs of Exile; Five Riversongs; music for thirty theatrical productions, on and off Broadway and around the country, and many concert suites drawn from these scores, including Act One: a Suite in Six Parts for sol...for full instructor biography and other classes taught by this instructor, click here

    Day(s): Tuesday

    Sessions: 11

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    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Room: S251, 2nd Fl, S Bldg

    Price: from $360.00

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