Nationalist Traditions in Music


  • Gleacher Center N Cityfront Plaza Dr Chicago, IL, 60611 United States

This course focuses on the national traditions often omitted (generally for convenience) in standard musical survey courses. The Czech tradition, as represented by Smetana, Dvorak, Martinu, and the Moravian Janacek, and the English and closely-related Scandinavian tradition, represented by Elgar, Vaughn-Williams, Sibelius, and Nielsen, are perhaps the most viable traditions outside of the Russian-French-German orbits. Many of the most distinctive and colorful scores in the repertories of symphony associations and opera houses stem from these often-overlooked perspectives. Other repertory to be considered includes the Hungarian master Kodaly, the Pole Szymanowski, and the Norwegian Grieg.

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