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The Later Romantics: Emotion and Grandeur in Music

At the end of the 19th and well into the 20th century, composers from around the world retained the emotion, dramatic scope, and melodic grandeur of the Romantic era. They created symphonies, concertos, tone poems, and opera filled with exoticism, nationalism, mystery, and passion. These later Romantics include familiar names: Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ottorino Respighi, Jean Sibelius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Samuel Barber. Our musical journey of essential listening will take us to Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Rome, London, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and New York, where we will trace their cultural influences, personal triumphs and challenges, and rich legacies. Each lecture will be supplemented with historical recordings, videos, musical illustrations, and other gems from the Internet, as well as ample opportunities for discussion. No musical knowledge is necessary for the enjoyment of this online course.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with famous composers from the late 19th and 20th centuries
  • Knowledge of the musical styles of the Romantic era

Ideal for

  • Music enthusiasts
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
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