$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time for discussion to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

Béla Bartók combined his love for Eastern-European folk tunes with “learned” classical music. He was born in Hungary, but fled Fascism in 1940 to arrive in the U.S., where he struggled with a profound sense of displacement. Yet he produced some of his greatest work during his American years. If you find 20th-century composition difficult or overly brainy, then Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra may just change your mind. Its brilliant colors and dynamic rhythms have secured Bartók’s final work an enduring popularity. Folk music was still woven into his work, as his ties to Eastern Europe never really left him.

You will:

  • Follow Bartók’s journey from war-torn Europe to the U.S., where he labored to gain recognition.
  • Hear how a life-long fascination with folk music informed Bartók’s classical works.
  • Examine Bartók’s late masterpiece, Concerto for Orchestra, which reveals the composer at the height of his powers. 

Your educator David Johnson, is a musicologist whose areas of speciality include the Baroque period and the 19th century, with a focus on Richard Wagner, along with the history of rock music. He earned his PhD in Musicology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. At Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College, he teaches survey courses on the history of Western music and seminars on rock history. David’s other courses have focused on Baroque music and American popular song. Previously he taught at Baruch College. He is also a composer, with works published on UbuWeb.

You can also sign up for our series Classical Music Masterworks.

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