Episode #7

May 6, 1889: The Opening of the Exposition Universelle in Paris

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Exposition Universelle was where Debussy first heard gamelan music, and “world” music became a part of Western European classical language.  Composers before and after Debussy frequently turned to vernacular sources for inspiration, whether Brahms, Mahler, and Bartók incorporating folk melodies, Copland and Gershwin using the rhythms of Latin dance, or Steve Reich quoting West African drumming.

Comments [2]

Frank Feldman

Suzanne Vega is terrific, but too wide-ranging and, hence, necessarily superficial show for my taste. Looking forward to Elektra.

Jul. 20 2011 05:44 PM
Neal Rauch from Brooklyn

Did Suzanne Vega say that Thomas Edison invented the telephone?!

He improved it, but I always thought the inventor was Don Ameche :)

Jul. 19 2011 10:16 PM

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