Lecture no. 23 from the course: The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works
Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 47 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
American concert music emerged in the early 20th century as a synthesis of musical types and influences. Trace its dynamic mix of elements, encompassing West African rhythm and melodic structures, blues, ragtime, jazz, popular song, and European modernism. In this homegrown masterwork, study how Copland used “microtonal” melodies, jazz and ragtime rhythms, and a relentless, machine-age energy to create a dramatically compelling set of variations—a work that is “American” to its core.