Oct 18, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 081 — Folk Influences in Classical Music: Part II

Ricardo Llorca
This is a continuation of the class offered in fall 2016.

In this class, we explore folk traditions and the folk-inspired classical music of Italy, France, Poland,   Germany, the Middle East, China, and Japan. We discuss works by composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, who used contra dances and incorporated Welsh, Irish, and Scottish folk songs into his compositions; Frederic Chopin, who introduced various Polish folk dances in his mazurkas and polonaises; and Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, who assimilated with great depth and authenticity the spirit of folk music, as heard in Ravel’s Bolero and Debussy’s Minstrels or Une soirée dans Grenade. We also explore some postmodern and post-minimalist classical composers who acknowledge their debt to popular and folk music, such as Meredith Monk and Philip Glass. The class incorporates live performances as well as audio and visual material, and it is intended for musicians as well as those with no musical background.

5 Weeks
Thursdays 5:45 – 7:15 pm
September 28 – October 26


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