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Paris Explodes: Music and Dance in the Golden Age

Hear again the new sounds that filled the air and enhanced Paris’s Golden Age early in the twentieth century; learn more about Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, which took the city by storm. We’ll review stories about this remarkable ballet company and enjoy the music that stimulated its creative artists in fresh ways. We’ll discover how compositions by Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Debussy, Satie, and Manuel de Falla fired the imaginations of Fokine, Massine, Nijinsky, Cocteau, Picasso, and Chanel. And we’ll view several outstanding re-creations of the ballets on film.

Instructor Bio:

Donald Loach is associate professor emeritus of music at the University of Virginia, where he taught courses in music history and theory and conducted the University Glee Club and University Singers. He was also conductor of the Oratorio Society of Virginia. Dr. Loach received his BA at Denver, a MMus at Yale, where he studied with Paul Hindemith, and a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

Recommended Reading:

Lieven, Prince Peter. The Birth of the Ballets Russes, 2010. Homans, Jennifer. Apollos Angels, 2010. Garafola, Lynn. Diaghilevs Ballets Russes, 1998. Garafola, Lynn, and Nancy Van Norman Baer, eds. The Ballets Russes and Its World, 1999. Scheijen, Sjeng. Diaghilev: A Life, 2012. Bowlt, John E., ed. Theater of Reason, Theater of Desire: The Art of Alexandre Benois and Léon Bakst, 1999.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A03 Donald Loach Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Mo 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church A

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