Romantic Images and Icons: The Generation of Chopin and Schumann | Newberry

Romantic Images and Icons: The Generation of Chopin and Schumann

Led by John Gibbons. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wednesdays, June 12 - July 17

2 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Seminar Description

Bard. Solitary wanderer. Nationalist hero. Mad genius. Prometheus. Faust. The Romantic era was awash in idealizations of the artist. Using the lives of composers Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann as the basis for an examination of the Romantic period, this course will seek to bring a most fascinating and unruly epoch into focus. Beyond the historical and social contexts of the first half of the 19th century, this class will also explore the continued resonance of the Romantic repertory in today’s world.

Six sessions. E – $230, L – $253

John Gibbons teaches piano, composition, music theory, and a variety of music appreciation classes for adults. He holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Chicago and is a long-time instructor at the University of Chicago Graham School and the Newberry Library.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.