From Romanticism to Modernism: Music in Einstein\'s World

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This talk will examine the critical period in European concert music in the years around 1900, when the first generation of modernists--including Schoenberg, Mahler, Bartok, Debussy, and Stravinsky--were forging new musical languages. These composers were not revolutionaries. All remained deeply attached to their musical pasts, to traditions of tonality, syntax, and form. But each was able to re-imagine in a unique fashion the legacies of the nineteenth century to create powerful music fully characteristic of the dawning century. Walter Frisch, Romanticism, modernism, music, music, Einstein, tone colours, Strauss, Godowsky, Schoenberg, Strauss, folk music, Puccini