MUSIC OF A WORLD IN CRISIS
Larry Lemmel, Instructor
Fridays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., SNHU
Larry’s email: llemmel@myfairpoint.net

COURSE SYNOPSIS

This course will explore classical music written during the tumultuous twenty years from the end of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Composers of that period struggled to express the suffering and destruction of the Great War, the sadness and loss of fading empires, the alienation of the industrial age, the hopeful promises of Fascism and Communism, and the anxiety caused by a world-wide economic depression. Flowing through and around all of these was the broad influence of nationalism, new compositional methods, jazz and the blues.

Class sessions will focus on four generations of great composers who were key players in this drama:

  • The Old  Guard in 1919: Sibelius, Fauré, Ravel, Beach, Glazunov, Delius, Richard Strauss
  • The Middle Generation: Bartok, Berg, Vaughan-Williams, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky,
  • The Young Turks: Harris, Milhaud, Hindemith, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Walton
  • The Rising Generation: Copland, Dallapiccola, Ellington, Messiaen, Kurt Weill

This will be mostly a listening course, with many on-line performances. In addition there will be recommended readings that put the interwar events and music in context.

HOW TO ACCESS  ON-LINE PERFORMANCES

March 13 — Session I 

March 20 — Session II

March 27 — Session III

April 3 — Session IV

April 10 — Session V

April 17 — Session VI

April 24 — Session VII

May 1 — Session VIII

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