Creating a National Style: American Classical Composers Between the Wars

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Thursdays, June 12 – July 31

2 – 4 pm

Led by Guy Marco

Although the American musical scene of the 1920s and 1930s was dominated by jazz, big bands, and Broadway musicals, classical composers were writing symphonies and operas. Most of them emulated the European romantic masters, but several explored new idioms that drew on the American experience. Some brought jazz into their works, others incorporated traditional songs. Operas and program pieces often developed American narratives. We will hear examples of these approaches to a national style and consider how successful they were.

Guy A. Marco holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, has taught in eleven universities, and has written or edited more than fifty reference books including Literature of American Music III. He has led Newberry seminars since 1996.

Materials List:

  • No materials required.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $220.
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