The interwar period, specifically 1920-1930, featured an energetic interplay of European classical music with an emerging American sound.
Coined the “American accent,” this combination of jazz and the American musical proved an irresistible formula for utilizing the new technologies of the time, storytelling and political theatre, and enjoying an unprecedented commercial success and popularity among the public.
This class will highlight the work and artistic exchange between three interwar composers: George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and William Grant Still.
Elizabeth Newkirk is an American classical pianist and writer. She specializes in music of the early 20th century, as exemplified in her latest release, "the Americanist." Her research and essays focus on American culture, systems, and identity.
- No Required Materials
- No first reading assignment
Cost and Registration
One Session, $53 ($48 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
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