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Musicians in their World: Western Classical Music in the early 20th Century
It is impossible to separate the artist and their art from the time, places and contexts in which they lived. We are who we are, in part, because of when and where we are. No deep understanding of art or an artist can be had without exploring the context in which they made their art. In this college prep course, we will study music as an artistic reflection of the social and political climates of Germany, The USA and Soviet Russia in the early 20th Century. What was going on in the world between 1900-1950? Who were the major political figures? Who were the important composers? What did they write? How was their work influenced by the times and places where they lived? This course will include daily lectures, discussions, listening, some homework and a few essays. In the end, we hope you will have a rich and deep understanding of how artists and their surroundings are deeply intertwined.
Faculty: Paul Eliot, Music and Dave Savage, History
Pre-Requisite: A desire to engage in college-level analysis and writing
Fee: Lunch money for two trips to college campuses
Location of first meeting: Paul Eliot’s room in Ted Brown
Enrollment: 45 Students