Our group decided at the end of the fall semester (when we were exploring Music in the 1930s) to continue the chronological thread and take an in-depth look at the decade of the 1940s, a period of profound crisis across the globe.
Many of the major European musical figures—e.g. Stravinsky, Hindemith, Milhaud, Schoenberg, Bartok, Britten—are living in the United States at the outbreak of the Second World War. American and Russian composers—Copland, Barber, Prokofiev, Shostokovich, Blitzstein, Bernstein—feel the strong pull of national service and the need for their work to somehow contribute to the war effort. Neo-classicism continues to dominate the musical scene. Many of the composers that we first met in the 1910s and 1920s continue to do some of their greatest work during this decade. And then after the war, a new generation with a very different aesthetic sensibility and agenda will emerge.
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The World of Music I: Music of the 1940s
First Session: Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 12:30 pm - 2:10 pm
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 began work on a new project composing music for ...for full instructor biography and other classes taught by this instructor, click here
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