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Modernity in Paris

France and Her Revolutions in Music and Arts

Stabile Building

Mar 8, 2:00pm
Stabile Building 2:00pm
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Modernity in Paris

Frank Cooper's France and Her Revolutions in Music and Arts
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Frank Cooper, Research Professor Emeritus, Musicology, at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami

The American Revolution encouraged the French to rip apart their corrupt Ancien Regime. Efforts to establish a government as stable as the Americans’ lurched as France’s republics and monarchies rose and fell. Subsequent chaos stimulated creative persons to view themselves as individuals of unlimited freedom, and the concept of genius in contemporary arts was born. Stretching from the late 18th century across the subsequent 200 years, that story provides the material for these four events:

Part Four: Modernity in Paris

With revolutionary fervor, Paris streamed fresh ideas like a wellspring for artists. Mallarmé, in the footsteps of Verlaine and Rimbaud, shattered poetry as Braque and Picasso revolutionized  the pictorial plane with Cubism. Impressionism’s masters led the way for Rodin, Debussy and Ravel. Stravinsky and Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes arrived with polytonal music for expressive movement that joined all the rest of the city’s geniuses further to change the world.

Part One: Ideas as Crucibles
Part Two: Romanticism’s Explosions
Part Three: Romanticism’s Spread

This lecture is part of Frank Cooper's France and Her Revolutions in Music and Arts series.

Evolution Revolution  This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2017-18 season theme, Evolution|Revolution.

Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper

Award-winning musicologist Frank Cooper's extensive career includes work as a teacher, pianist, lecturer, writer and founder of the Festival of Neglected Romantic Music.


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