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Romanticism’s Spread

France and Her Revolutions in Music and Arts

Stabile Building

Feb 15, 2:00pm
Stabile Building 2:00pm
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Romanticism’s Spread

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 Three: Romanticism’s Spread

Nothing could stop the movement’s embrace of industrialized Europe. Cultural life in Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Russia surged with wildly new creative ideas. Nationalism was born. Verdi and Wagner soared, as did Liszt, Brahms, Dvorak, the Mighty Handful and numerous other artists and writers. Popular acceptance bred confidence on all fronts until radical extensions of Romanticism led to realism and beyond.

Part One: Ideas as Crucibles
Part Two: Romanticism’s Explosions
Part Four: Modernity in Paris

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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