Twentieth-Century Music | Newberry

Twentieth-Century Music

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, February 24 - April 13

2 - 4 pm

Led by John Gibbons

Seminar Description

Twentieth-century music is no longer “contemporary” music; it has become yet another complex and multifaceted notch along the continuum of musical history. We can now examine with reasonable objectivity the influence and permanence of a diverse range of composers, from the once-radical (Schoenberg, Varese) to the once-reactionary (Rachmaninov, Copland), while also distinguishing the various “-isms”: primitivism (Prokofiev, Orff), neoclassicism (Stravinsky, Les Six), minimalism, post-minimalism, and neospirituality (Reich, Adams, Gorecki). We will also study those figures that defy classification, such as Shostakovich, Britten, Bartok, and Hindemith.

John Gibbons, a music teacher and lecturer, holds a PhD in composition from the University of Chicago and is a long-time instructor at the Graham School.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials.

Readings for the First Session:

  • There are no required preparatory readings.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by February 6): $240.

Regular Price (after February 6): $264.

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