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Listen to This: A Beginner’s Guide to 20th Century Classical Music. Week 1
February 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Week 1. Fin-de-siècle: The End of Common Practice, 1894-1913
Have you ever encountered a work of art and thought, “I don’t get this”? All great art was, at one point in time, new and unfamiliar. Beethoven’s work was often considered “violent,” whereas Bach’s was thought too ornate and grotesque. How can we appreciate the art we don’t understand?
During this 5-course online survey series, NCMC faculty member Nick Davies will contextualize the art of the 20th century, exploring the breakdown of the established classical music tradition. Beginning with revolutionary works by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg, moving through to the jagged Modernist giants, and ending with the diverse and eclectic works of the modern era, we will discover this rich musical history through a philosophical and aesthetic lens that questions the nature and purpose of art.
Registration and participation for Listen to This! is free of charge.