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The 20th Century Symphony

January 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning presents The 20th Century Symphony with Dr. Christopher Williams

3:30 – 5:00 pm, Mondays
January 18 – Feb. 1 (3 weeks)

With the popularity of the two classes on the history of the symphony offered last fall, the obvious next step is to continue this history through the 20th century. Although the symphony was the central genre of orchestral music in the 18th and 19th centuries, it remained a topic of vital interest throughout the twentieth century and to the present day. Even for composers who specialized in other genres, the symphony was reserved for making profound philosophical, poetic, and nationalistic statements and for displaying technical mastery on the highest level. This course will discuss the twentieth century symphony in three units. “Turn of the Century” will feature works composed between 1900 and WW I, by composers such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Sibelius, and Nielsen. “Nationalisms” will introduce works of the 1930s and 1940s by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Barber, Copland, Messiaen, and Holmboe. “From Modern to Post-Modern” will feature symphonies since the 1960s. The instructor will provide listening lists of recommended works beyond what can be covered in class.

Dr. Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the Universität Salzburg, and in the joint program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He is considered an expert on the music of Fin-de-siècle Vienna.

Cost: $30 for Lifelong Learning members; $40 for non-members

Information: 419-824-3707,



January 18
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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